May Main Meeting – “George Cruikshank – The man who drew Oliver Twist”

The speaker at our May meeting was Ian Keable who gave us a superb talk on the 19th century satirist and illustrator, George Cruikshank. Ian’s expertly prepared presentation, illustrated his educational and interesting talk on the life and work of Cruikshank charting his skills from satirical prints lampooning the Prince Regent and Napoleon in the Georgian era to his beautiful engravings for numerous  books and journals  in Victorian times. He is most famous for his collaboration with the young Charles Dickens and brilliant drawings for “Oliver Twist”.  Cruikshank’s personal life revealed his obsession with temperance and a secret, long term mistress who had 8 of his children! An excellent talk and we hope that Ian will come back to give another of his talks with a magical twist in 2018.

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