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Drawing - Public Dinners
  • Public Dinners
    George Cruikshank, born 1792 - died 1878
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Public Dinners

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1837-39 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    George Cruikshank, born 1792 - died 1878 (artist)
    Chapman & Hall (publishers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil, sepia wash, drawing

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case I, shelf 96

Physical description

Pencil and sepia wash drawing, inscribed with the title, 'Public Dinners'.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1837-39 (made)


George Cruikshank, born 1792 - died 1878 (artist)
Chapman & Hall (publishers)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil, sepia wash, drawing

Marks and inscriptions

'Public Dinners'
Inscribed in pencil


Height: 6 in, Width: 4 in

Object history note

The two stewards with official wands, helping to direct a procession of indignant orphans, are portraits of Dickens and Cruikshank.

Descriptive line

'Public Dinners'. One of four illustrations drawn by George Cruikshank for Chapman and Hall's edition of 'Sketches by Boz' by Charles Dickens. Pencil and sepia wash, 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.


Pencil; Sepia wash



Subjects depicted

Wands; Arches; Chairs; Eating; Children; Columns; Public; Stewards




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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