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.
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