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George Cruikshank (1792-1878)

The Disturber Detected Signed and dated 1850

RCIN 405574

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All eyes are fixed on a boy who has interrupted the church service by dropping a metal spinning top onto a monumental brass. Although working here in oils, Cruikshank is best known for his imaginative book illustrations and scathing caricatures. In 1820 he was paid £100 by George IV ‘not to caricature His Majesty in any immoral situation’.

Purchased by Prince Albert in 1850

No. 58