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The Loving Ballad of Lord Bateman

1839 (printed and published)
Place of origin

Etching proof.

Object details

Object type
TitleThe Loving Ballad of Lord Bateman (assigned by artist)
Materials and techniques
Etching proof
Brief description
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.
Physical description
Etching proof.
  • Height: 3.5in
  • Width: 3.25in
Dimensions taken from Victoria and Albert Museum Charles Dickens: An exhibition to celebrate the centenary of his death London: HMSO, 1970.
Marks and inscriptions
'Designed Etched and Published by George Cruikshank' (Each inscribed with a variant of )
Object history
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.

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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.18. 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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