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The Parish Engine

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1837-39 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    George Cruikshank, born 1792 - died 1878 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil drawing

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case I, shelf 97

Physical description

Pencil drawing inscribed with the title 'The Parish Engine' for Chapman & Hall's edition of 'Sketches by Boz'

Place of Origin

London (made)


1837-39 (made)


George Cruikshank, born 1792 - died 1878 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil drawing

Marks and inscriptions

'The Parish Engine'
Inscribed with title and notes


Width: 4.375 in, Height: 5.75 in

Object history note

This illustration was a new subject drawn especially for Chapman and Hall's edition of the 'Sketches'. The parish engine is an accurate drawing of the kind of fire extinguisher then in use.

Descriptive line

'The Parish Engine'. Drawing in pencil by George Cruikshank for Chapman and Hall's edition of 'Sketches by Boz' by Charles Dickens, 1837-39.

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

Victoria and Albert Museum Charles Dickens: An exhibition to celebrate the centenary of his death London: HMSO, 1970. P.15. Catalogue of the exhibition held at the Victoria and Albert Museum, June-September 1970.





Subjects depicted

Fire engines; Parishes




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