Public Dinners

1837-39 (made)
Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E
Place Of Origin

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

object details
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Pencil, sepia wash, drawing
Brief Description
'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.
Physical Description
Pencil and sepia wash drawing, inscribed with the title, 'Public Dinners'.
  • Height: 6in
  • Width: 4in
Content description
Stewards with official wands lead a group of children into a great hall. There are column arches in the background, a sketch of a chair in the foreground.
Marks and Inscriptions
'Public Dinners' (Inscribed in pencil)
Object history
The two stewards with official wands, helping to direct a procession of indignant orphans, are portraits of Dickens and Cruikshank.
Subjects depicted
Literary Reference'Sketches by Boz' by Charles Dickens, first published in 1836.
Bibliographic Reference
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.
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record createdJune 30, 2009
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