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Kitty Flirt

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1820 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cruikshank, George, born 1792 - died 1878 (artist)
    Bish (commissioned by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood engraving and letterpress in ink on paper

  • Museum number:

    E.721-1994

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case HH, shelf 30

Government lotteries were held annually from the 1790s until 1826. From 1796 the most prominent broker was T. Bish. Bish established his reputation through his publicity material - handbills, posters, tickets and even a giant horse-drawn billboard. He provided printers with much work and promoted the use of wood engravings on his small handbills and eye-catching ornamented typefaces on his posters. According to A. Cohn thee are from 'A series of 18, all dated 12th January, all signed by George Cruikshank'. However these three are not signed.

Physical description

Lottery advertisement made for the lottery agent Bish, designed by George Cruikshank and entitled 'Kitty Flirt'.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

ca. 1820 (made)

Artist/maker

Cruikshank, George, born 1792 - died 1878 (artist)
Bish (commissioned by)

Materials and Techniques

Wood engraving and letterpress in ink on paper

Dimensions

Height: 14.5 cm, Width: 9.5 cm

Object history note

Acquired in connection with the display A Fine Line - Commercial Wood Engraving in Britain, V&A, 10 October 1994 - 26 March 1994.

Descriptive line

Print by George Cruikshank, lottery advertising for the lottery agent Bish, 'Kitty Flirt', wood engraving, British, ca. 1820

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

p. 303, cat. no. 1515
Cohn, M. George Cruikshank, a catalogue raisonné of the work executed during the years 1806-1877. London: Office of "The bookman's journal" 1924.
Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints, Drawings and Paintings Accession Register for 1994

Labels and date

GEORGE CRUIKSHANK (1792-1878)
Lottery advertising for the lottery agent Bish. c.1820
Mr Tryfort, Kitty Flirt and Betty Buckram
Wood engravings and letterpress
E.720-722-1994

Government lotteries were held annually from the 1790s until 1826.
From 1796 the most prominent broker was T. Bish. Bish established
his reputation through his publicity material - hand bills, posters,
tickets and even a giant horse-drawn billboard - and has been cited
as one of the founding fathers of advertising. He provided printers
with much work and promoted the use of wood engravings on his
small handbills and eye-catching ornamented type-faces on his
posters. []

Materials

Ink; Paper

Techniques

Wood engraving; Letterpress printing

Subjects depicted

Woman; Caricature

Categories

Prints; Advertising

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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