Greenwich Fair

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 drawing inscribed with the title, 'Greenwich Fair', and signed 'Geo Cruikshank'.

object details
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Pencil drawing
Brief Description
Drawing in pencil for the illustration to 'Greenwich Fair' by George Cruikshank for Chapman and Hall's edition of 'Sketches by Boz', by Charles Dickens. 1837-39.
Physical Description
Pencil drawing inscribed with the title, 'Greenwich Fair', and signed 'Geo Cruikshank'.
  • Height: 6in
  • Width: 4in
Content description
A group of men and women are shown dancing under a chandelier. There is a sketch of a man's face in the top-right hand corner of the sheet.
Marks and Inscriptions
  • 'Geo Cruikshank' (Signed)
  • 'Greenwich Fair' (Inscribed with title)
Credit line
Bequest of Mrs. Eliza Cruikshank
Subject depicted
Place Depicted
Literary Reference'Sketches by Boz' by Charles Dickens, first published 1836.
Associated Objects
Bibliographic References
  • Victoria and Albert Museum Charles Dickens: An exhibition to celebrate the centenary of his death London: HMSO, 1970. P.14. Catalogue of the exhibition held at the Victoria and Albert Museum, June-September 1970.
  • Departmental notes from the Cruikshank BequestFull 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)'
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record createdJune 30, 2009
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