‘Dick and his Valet shewing Fight in a Caveau or Low Life in Paris’ by G. Cruikshank c.1829


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An interesting etching – by George Cruikshank – showing Dick Wildfire and his valet brawling whilst in a Parisian vault or ‘Caveau’; first published in Pierce Egan’s Life in Paris (1821).

Pierce Egan’s ‘Life in Paris’ was the sequel to his ‘Life in London’. Like its predecessor, this work – through Cruikshank’s style of humour – focused on the less salubrious side of life in a capital city. The main protagonists this time are Dick Wildfire, Squire Jenkins, Captain O’Shuffleton and members of the Halibut family. Together they get into an array of adventures, or, more commonly, misadventures. Interestingly, Cruickshank had never visited Paris so his images of the city and its people are based on his own ideas and conjectures.

  • This is an original etching and aquatint with original hand colour
  • Printed area is approximately 18.5cms by 12cms
  • The print is in very good condition though there are some minor stain spots in the title. The bottom margin is close to the text, as issued; the other margins are fine. Click on image for a better view.
  • The item comes displayed in a ready to frame museum quality mount.
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  • Guaranteed to be over 175 years old.
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