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Drawing - The Comet of 1853 - or Passing Events
  • The Comet of 1853 - or Passing Events
    Cruikshank, George, born 1792 - died 1878
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The Comet of 1853 - or Passing Events

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Britain (drawn)

  • Date:

    1853 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cruikshank, George, born 1792 - died 1878 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil and watercolour drawing on paper

  • Museum number:

    9448A

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case TOPIC, shelf 2C

Physical description

Sketch for the etching ‘Passing events, or the Tail of the Comet of 1853’, an illustration to George Cruikshank’s Magazine, published London, 1 January 1854, no. 1. Inscribed with title and various notes. Humorous drawing including references to the events which epitomised the year 1853, for example the Peace Conference, the war between Russia and Turkey, the naval review at Portsmouth, the Smithfield Cattle Show, Guy Fawkes and Derby Day.

Place of Origin

Britain (drawn)

Date

1853 (drawn)

Artist/maker

Cruikshank, George, born 1792 - died 1878 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil and watercolour drawing on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Signed in ink George Cruikshank. Inscribed in ink The Comet of 1853 - or Passing Events. Original sketch, and in pencil around the margin with various notes

Dimensions

Height: 30.3 cm, Width: 48.5 cm

Descriptive line

Cruikshank, George, sketch for the etching 'Passing events, or the Tail of the Comet of 1853', an illustration to 'George Cruikshank's Magazine', published London, 1st january 1854, no 1, pencil and watercolour

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Lambert, Susan. Drawing: Technique & Purpose. London: Victoria & Albert Museum, 1981. p.45.

Materials

Pencil; Watercolour; Paper

Techniques

Drawing

Subjects depicted

Comet

Categories

Drawings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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