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Isaac Cruikshank

(1756-1810)

Artist associated with 11 portraits
Isaac Cruikshank, painter and caricaturist, was born in Edinburgh. His sons Isaac Robert Cruikshank and George Cruikshank also became artists, and the latter in particular achieved fame as an illustrator and caricaturist. Cruikshank is known for his social and political satire. He was a contemporary of James Gillray and Thomas Rowlandson, and he was part of what has been called the 'golden age of British caricature'. He worked for the publisher John Roach and for the print dealers S.W. Fores and Johnny Fairburn. He also collaborated with G.M. Woodward and later with his son George. Cruikshank died of alcohol poisoning at the age of fifty-five as a result of a drinking contest.

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William Pitt, by Isaac Cruikshank - NPG 2103b

William Pitt

by Isaac Cruikshank
pencil, 1789-1790
NPG 2103b

William Pitt, published by Robert Sayer, after  Isaac Cruikshank - NPG D3891

William Pitt

published by Robert Sayer, after Isaac Cruikshank
mezzotint, published 20 February 1790 (1789-1790)
NPG D3891

William Pitt, published by Robert Sayer, after  Isaac Cruikshank - NPG D18920

William Pitt

published by Robert Sayer, after Isaac Cruikshank
mezzotint, published 20 February 1790 (1789-1790)
NPG D18920

'A new Dutch exercise', by Isaac Cruikshank, published by  Samuel William Fores - NPG D13082

'A new Dutch exercise'

by Isaac Cruikshank, published by Samuel William Fores
hand-coloured etching, published 1 April 1795
NPG D13082

'The wedding night', by Isaac Cruikshank, published by  Samuel William Fores - NPG D15555

'The wedding night'

by Isaac Cruikshank, published by Samuel William Fores
hand-coloured etching, published 20 May 1797
NPG D15555

'The delegates in council or beggars on horseback', by Isaac Cruikshank, published by  Samuel William Fores - NPG D15627

'The delegates in council or beggars on horseback'

by Isaac Cruikshank, published by Samuel William Fores
hand-coloured etching, published 9 June 1797
NPG D15627

'The longitude and latitude of Warley Camp in the summer of 1795' (James Cecil, 1st Marquess of Salisbury; James Grant), probably by Isaac Cruikshank, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12568

'The longitude and latitude of Warley Camp in the summer of 1795' (James Cecil, 1st Marquess of Salisbury; James Grant)

probably by Isaac Cruikshank, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 26 June 1802
NPG D12568

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'A stroke at the plenipo or Mary's mistake' (Lady Mary Duncan; Gasparo Pacchierotti)

by Isaac Cruikshank, published by Samuel William Fores
etching, published 25 April 1791
NPG D14376

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Nathaniel Brassey Halhed

by White, published by Benjamin Crosby, after Isaac Cruikshank
stipple engraving, published 11 April 1795
NPG D14146

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Thomas Erskine, 1st Baron Erskine

by G. Murray, published by Benjamin Crosby, after Isaac Cruikshank
line engraving, published 12 January 1795
NPG D15492

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