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Sketches on seven sheets of MS fragments

Sketches on seven sheets of MS fragments, by George Cruikshank,  -NPG 4259 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sketches on seven sheets of MS fragments

by George Cruikshank
12 1/2 in. x 8 in. (317 mm x 201 mm) or less
NPG 4259

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Two of the sketches are in profile, one in pen-and-ink, the other in pencil, with touches of red; the third sketch is nearly full-face, in pen-and-ink. All three sketches are very small and slight, and they appear on the sheets with MS fragments. These appear to be fragments of letters or drafts of letters, covered with sketches and miscellaneous notes; one is addressed to Horace(?), but tails off, and is left unfinished. Among the other sketches are several profiles of the artist's brother, Isaac Robert Cruikshank, a finished drawing of his sister, Eliza, two smaller sketches of her head, a profile sketch of William Hone, drawings of an owl and a hooded figure, and a sketch of Sir Francis Grant's equestrian portrait of Queen Victoria at Christ's Hospital, Horsham.

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NPG Annual Report, 1962-3 (1963), p 11.

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The sitter; Sir Benjamin Ward Richardson, his executor; by descent to the latter's daughter, Mrs Martin, who gave them to S. Hodgson, and presented by him, 1962.

This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Ormond, Early Victorian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1973, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.

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