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Wo have to announca with sincere regret the death MR.'GEORGE CRUIKSHANK. 1 of the veteran and famous artist Mr. George Cruik- shank, who gradually and painlessly sank during the day and expired at7 30p.m.on tbelatinat. George Cruik- shank, according to "Men of the Time," was horn in London, September 27, 1792 As the son of an able water-colour draughtsman and caricaturist, he bad an hereditary claim to some artistic gifts, which began to develop themselves at an early age, and after the death of his father, while still a youth, was employed to illustrate children's books and cheap editions of popular songsters. He had evinced a desire to ) follow art in the higher department, and attempted on one occasion to study at the Academy. The schools at that time were restricted in space, and much crowded. On sending up to Fuseli his figure of a plaster cast, the eccentric professor of painting returned the message, He may come, but he will have to fight for a seat." Thus discouraged, the young artist never repeated his attempt to enter the Academy as a student, although he has appeared in it as an exhibitor. He was afterwards engaged illus- trating with caricatures a monthly periodical callei The Scourqe, and another, The Meteor, which he pub lished conjointly with a literary man named Earle. From this time he supplied carricatures to nearly all the publishers of pictorial works, including the late Mr. Hone, whose political squibs he illus- trated with a happy vein of humour which bit the public taste. Among these tbe II Queen's Matrimonial Ladder," The Man in the Moon," and "Non mi ricordo," are perhaps best remembered. After this he occupied himself with the production of a series of plates to illustrate Life in London," with the object of warning young men against the consequences of what is called seeing life but the end and object of the artist were so completely mistaken by the perssn who wrote the letter-press that he retired from the work in disgust, leaving his brother Robert to finish the plates. This work attained great popu- larity, and was dramatised by Moncrieff and others. It was followed by "Life in Paris," and another serial entitled the "Humorist." His next etchings appeared in Grimm's series of German stories, fol- lowed by the Points of Humour," so often alluded to in terms of praise in Blackwood's Magazine. Among the more celebrated of his ludicrous productions about, this time were Mornings at Bow Street," Punch and Judy," "Tales of Irish Life," John Gilpin," "Tom Thumb," "The Epping Hunt," "Italian Stories," "Illustrations of Phrenology," Scraps and Sketches," My Sketchbook," and the plates in Sketches by BOI," in "Oliver Twist," in Jack Sheppard," in The Tower of London," in Windsor Castle," illustrations to the British Novelists," the Waverley Novels," Sir W. Scott's "Letters on Demonology, & the Fairy Library," the Loving Ballad of Lord Bateman," and The Life of Grimaldi." In 1842 appeared the first number Oruikshank's Omnibus;" the letterpress being edited by thelate Leman Blanchard. The principal part of the matter and the illustrations, of course, came from the fertile brain of him whose name the publication bore. He was always happy in his pictures of Jack Tars," as may be seen in his illustrations to Greenwich Hospital," by the Old Sailor." From the first he had shown a strong ten- dency to administer reproof in his treatment of in- toxication and its accompany vices. Instances of this tendency are to be found in his Sunday in London," The Gin Trap," The Gin Juggernaut," and more especially in his series of eight prints entitled, The Bottle;" the latter of which had eminent success, and was dramatised at eight theatres in London at one time. It brought the author into direct personal con- nection with the leaders of the temperance movement. As he had, moreover, become a convert .himself to their doctrines, he was one of the ablest advocates of the temperance cause. Of late years, Mr. Cruikshank had turned his attention to oil-painting, a branch of art in which he had so far educated himself as to make his pictures sought after by connois- seurs. Among the most important of his con- tributions to the exhibitions of the Royal Academy and the British Institution may be enumerated his illustrations of "Tam o'Shanter," "Ti- tania and Bottom the Weaver," "Cinderella," The Runaway Knock," Grimaldi Shaved by a Girl," ANew Situation," Dressing for the Day," and "Dia turbing a Congregation." The last-mentioned was painted for Prince Albert. To these may be added his "Fairy.Ring," The Merry Wives of Windsor," &c. His latest production in oil painting is a large picture entitled the Worship of Bacchus," which he exhibited to the Queen at Windsor in 1863. An engraving of this picture has been published in which all the figures are outlined by the painter, and finished by Mr. H. Mottram. Although this artist's employment through life had been sedentary, his recreations were all of an athletic character. He served in the ranks as a volunteer rifleman before he was 20 years of age, and for nearly eight years as Lieut.-Colonel of the Havelocks, or 48th Middlesex Rifle Volunteers. Mr. Cruikshank possessed dramatic talent, and had frequently taken part in amateur performances at the public theatres for benevolent purposes. Up to within a short time before the illness to which Mr. Cruikshank succumbed, he was in the enjoyment of excellent health, and notwithstanding his great age, worked as hard as ever at his profession. His demise will be lamented by a large circle of friends, and thoueands of the general public who have been ac- customed to see him attending temperance and other meetings for philanthropic purposes, and listening to his earnest and hearty advocacy of a good cause.

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