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Cruikshank, George

Cruikshank, George - British caricaturist and book illustrator for authors including Charles Dickens. An interesting pair of unsigned draft letters on the front and back of a single 8vo sheet. There are three drawings- one overwritten by his letter. Both deal with a movement to ship abandoned or orphaned children to Canada and other countries as a way to deal with London’s poverty and crime in the late 1860’s. Cruikshank took up the cause of fighting this movement, pricking public conscience by labelling the children as London’s “Gutter Children”. One draft is to the Editor of the London Times. Included is a copy of another draft of the same letter, also with some drawings held by Dartmouth College. [$5025]