"At home" in the nursery, or, The Masters & Misses Twoshoes Christmas party [print] / G Cruikshank fect.

Accession number: 
PML 146731, leaf 40
Cruikshank, George, 1792-1878.
London : Pubd Jany 3d 1826 by S Knights Sweetings Alley Roy X'Change, [1826].
1 prints : etching ; sheet: 192 x 245 mm
Bequest of Gordon N. Ray, 1987.

Title from item.
Library's copy closely trimmed with loss of caption text, and mounted on leaf 40 of a bound volume containing various works by George, Isaac, and Robert Cruikshank; including published suites of prints, individually published plates and caricatures, and miscellaneous illustration and reproductions removed from published works.

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Masters & Misses Twoshoes Christmas party

From the library of Gordon N. Ray.

Print shows fourteen small children amusing themselves uproariously in a small space. Four little girls in party-dresses, dance holding hands round a lady who tosses an infant as a fat and grinning cook stands in the doorway with a tray of jelly-glasses, cake, and fruit. The biggest boy rides a rocking-horse, giving a view-hallo; another boy with an overturned chair for horses, drives in a professional manner a high-slung rectangular cradle (left) in which sits a little girl holding a doll and an open umbrella. A little boy with a wooden sword tries to storm a table, defended by two others, with drum, trumpet, and Union Jack. These children are dressed up to suit their parts. In the foreground two children build a card-house on the floor, with skipping-rope, toy soldiers, and horse and cart beside them. On the left are a top and whip, and an Eaton Latin Grammar. On the wall is pinned a caricature of Dr Syntax with birch-rod and book.