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The Loving Ballad of Lord Bateman

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (probably)
    London (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1839 (printed and published)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etching proof

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case I, shelf 86

Physical description

Etching proof.

Place of Origin

London (probably)
London (probably, made)


1839 (printed and published)


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

Materials and Techniques

Etching proof

Marks and inscriptions

'Designed Etched and Published by George Cruikshank'
Each inscribed with a variant of


Height: 3.5 in, Width: 3.25 in

Object history note

The little book 'The Loving Ballad of Lord Bateman', 1839, was the last collaboration of Dickens and Cruikshank. Cruikshank had heard a cockney version of this traditional ballad sung outside a public house, and repeated it to Dickens. Dickens touched it up and added some facetious notes for the published version, which Cruikshank illustrated with a series of jaunty etchings, over which Dickens was unusually enthusiastic. 'You never did anything like those etchings - never'. Henry Burnett noted down the tune hastily, intending to make a fair copy, but Cruikshank felt the crudely-written notes would add to the humour of the piece.

Descriptive line

One of eleven proofs of etchings by George Cruikshank of the illustrations, text and music for 'The Loving Ballad of Lord Bateman', a traditional ballad revised by Charles Dickens. Published by Cruikshank in 1839.

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.17. Catalogue of the exhibition held at the Victoria and Albert Museum, June-September 1970.



Subjects depicted



Dickens; Music


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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