'All the World Going to the Great Exhibition', by George Cruikshank. 10½ x 9½ inches. Etching on steel, by Cruikshank. This is the pictorial frontispiece for Mayhew and Cruikshank's satire of the Great Exhibition and its visitors. 10½ x 9½ inches. A prime example of Cruikshank's strange but incisive comedy, with all the nations of the world flocking to London. The bold simplification conveys its comedic message with great clarity, with the Great Exhibition, the number one destination, literally on top of the world. [Click on image to enlarge it.]

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Mayhew, Henry, and Cruikshank, George. 1851: or, the Adventures of Mr and Mrs Sandboys and Family, Who Came up to London to Enjoy Themselves and See the Great Exhibition.. London: Bogue, 1851.

Created 12 May 2020