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The Bloomsbury Christening

1830s (made)
Place of origin

A tracing in pencil.

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Object type
TitleThe Bloomsbury Christening (assigned by artist)
Materials and techniques
Pencil drawing
Brief description
'The Bloomsbury Christening'. Tracing of a pencil drawing by George Cruikshank for 'Sketches by Boz' by Charles Dickens. Illustrations for the edition published by John Macrone, 1830s.
Physical description
A tracing in pencil.
  • Height: 3.25in
  • Width: 3in
Dimensions taken from Victoria and Albert Museum Charles Dickens: An exhibition to celebrate the centenary of his death London: HMSO, 1970. The entry in the catalogue (see 'Reference note' field in History and References) does not make explicitly clear which of the dimensions cited relates to the three objects listed. It is assumed that the dimensions 31/4 x 3 relate to 9725AG.
Content description
A male and two female figures surround a woman in a cap, holding a baby wrapped in a blanket.
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Place depicted
Literary reference'Sketches by Boz' by Charles Dickens, first published in 1836.
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Bibliographic reference
Victoria and Albert Museum Charles Dickens: An exhibition to celebrate the centenary of his death London: HMSO, 1970. P.13. 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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