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Drawing - Private Theatricals
  • Private Theatricals
    Cruikshank, George, born 1792 - died 1878
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Private Theatricals

  • Object:


  • Date:

    ca. 1836 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    pencil on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Bequest of Mrs. Eliza Cruikshank

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case I, shelf 93

Physical description

A pencil on paper drawing of a gathering of figures in theatrical dress. Two rough sketches of busts in profile are on the bottom.


ca. 1836 (drawn)


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

Materials and Techniques

pencil on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Private Theatricals'. There is additional illegible text.
pencil, lower centre recto

Descriptive line

A drawing by George Cruikshank titled 'Private Theatricals'. Illustration for Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens, originally published 1836

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

Full text is as follows:

'9725 Sketches by Boz. Charles Dickens First Series
A Election by Beadle
B Jemima Evans
C The Poor Clerk's Dinner
D London Recreations
E The Boarding House
F Hackney Coach Stands
G The Bloomsbury Christening
H Greenwich Fair
I Mr. Gabriel Parsons Courtship
J The Lockup House
K Horatio Sparkins
L Pawnbrokers Shop
M Dancing Academy
N Private Theatricals
O Winglebury Duel (sketches on reverse)
P Sentiment (sketches on reverse)
Q The Ballroom
R Vauxhall Gardens by day (Two 19 and 20, wanting.)
S Monmouth Street sketches on margin
T Scotland Yard, Coalheavers, relaxation, (large paper
U A Pickpocket in custody
V Seven Dials Fight of Amazons
W Mr. John Dounce
X Mr. Minns and his Cousins
Y Last Cab Driver
(28 wanting)'
Departmental notes from the Cruikshank Bequest

Subjects depicted

Illustrations; Costumes


Drawings; Illustration; Dickens


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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