George Cruikshank, British artist, 1857.
© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
A photographic portrait of George Cruikshank (1792-1878), taken at the studio of Maull & Polyblank, London, in 1857. This photograph was published as one of a series of 'Photographic Portraits of Living Celebrities', together with a short biographical essay written by E Walford. By the mid-1850s, Maull & Polyblank had become renowned for their publications of celebrity portraits. Cruikshank was a satirical illustrator who began his career illustrating political pamphlets but is best known for his work with Charles Dickens, beginning with 'Sketches by Boz' (1836) and, most famously, 'Oliver Twist' (1838).