Even though the general public probably still associates Cruikshank as an illustrator with the novels of Charles Dickens, the only Dickens works he actually illustrated are Sketches by 'Boz' (1839) and Oliver Twist (1838). Rather, he had a longer, much more productive relationship with the prolific historical novelist Ainsworth, for whom he illustrated seven works, of which Windsor Castle was the sixth:
- Rookwood (1836)
- Jack Sheppard (1839)
- The Tower of London (1840)
- Guy Fawkes (1841)
- The Miser's Daughter (1842)
- Windsor Castle (1843)
- Romance of St. James's; or, The Court of Queen Ann (1844).
Ainsworth published Windsor Castle serially in his own magazine from July 1842 through June 1843. This last number, comprising Books Five (Chapters 3 through 7) and all eight chapters of Book Six, contained four Cruikshank steel-engravings. This final number was certainly worth the surcharge that Ainsworth had levied to compensate for running the novel in serial rather than in separate monthly numbers. The following year, Ainsworth re-published the novel in eleven monthly parts.
The Johannot * and Cruikshank Steel-engravings, 1842-43
- Portrait of Ainsworth by Daniel Maclise
- Illustrated Title-page
- *The Meeting of Henry the Eighth and Anne Boleyn
- *The Banquet in Saint George's Hall
- *The Meeting in the Cloisters of Saint George's Chapel
- *The Royal Chase in Windsor Forrest
- Henry's Reconciliation with Anne Boleyn
- Herne the Hunter Plunging into the Lake
- The Visit to Tristram Lyndwood's Cottage
- The Vision of the Fair Geraldine
- Mabel Lyndwood Interceding for Wyat with Henry
- The Search for Herne the Hunter
- Herne the HunterAppearing to Henry on the Terrace
- The Quarrel in the Kitchen of the Castle
- The Disappearance of Herne in the Curfew Tower
- The Dismissal of Cardinal Wolsey
- Herne Flying into the Burning Woods with Mabel
- Anne Boleyn Receiving Proof of Henry's Passion for Jane Seymour
- Henry Perceiving Norris Take up Anne Boleyn's Handkerchief at the Jousts
- The Signal
- The Title-pages od the 1844 and 1880 editions
Three Plan Views of the Castle and Windsor Great Forest by W. Alfred Delamotte
- I. View of the Castle in 1530 wood-engraving
- II. Windsor Great Park, 1529 wood-engraving
- III. Plan of Windsor Castle, 1843 wood-engraving
- The Complex History of the Novel’s illustrations
- Critical Disagreements about the Quality of Cruikshank’s Illustrations for Windsor Castle
- Wood-engravings for the novel, 1842-43
Related material: Nineteenth-century Images of Windsor
Number of Appearances, Characters, and the Cruikshank illustrations in which they appear
- 10: Henry VIII (5, 7 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 17, and 18)
- 8: Herne the Hunter (6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, and 18)
- 4: Anne Boleyn (5, 14, 16, and 17)
- 4: Mabel Lyndwood (7, 9, 12, and 15)
- 3: Morgan Fenwolf (7, 9, and 15)
- 3: The Earl of Surrey (8, 9, and 18)
- 3: Shoreditch the Archer (6, 10, and 12)
- 3: Brandon (7, 10, and 13)
- 2: Will Somers (12, 14)
- 2: Cardinal Thomas Wolsey (5, 14)
- 2: The Duke of Richmond (6, 8)
- 1: Tristram Lyndwood (7)
- 1: The Fair Geraldine (8)
- 1: Patch (12)
- 1: Jane Seymour (16)
- 1: Sir Henry Norris (17)
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