Social ornithology

George Cruikshank


Steel plate etching by G. Cruikshank

8½ x 5½ inches

Illustration for Social zoology - ornithology, facing p.165.

One of a series of illustrations for Gilbert a Beckett’s satirical commentaries in which people are compared to animals. Cruikshank’s design enshrines a wide-ranging critique that extends from lowly clerks (who have trouble taking off) to the bold acrobatics of the wealthy.

[Click on image to enlarge it.]

Scanned image and text by Simon Cooke

[You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the person who scanned the image and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite the Victorian Web in a print one. ]