Our second children’s book of the week is The travels and surprising adventures of Baron Munchausen, published by William Tegg of London in 1868. Our version of this perennial tale includes 22 ‘curious’ engravings and 5 beautiful woodcuts by artist and engraver George Cruikshank, including this characterful ‘portrait’ frontispiece.
Cruikshank (1792-1878) was Victorian book illustrator and caricaturist who was renowned as ‘the modern Hogarth’. His engravings were widely seen and circulated, not least those that accompanied the tales of his friend, Charles Dickens. He concentrated on social satires, even going so far as to publish prints that attacked politicians and the Royal Family. He also drew the historical scenes and events of the day.