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London going out of town

London going out of town

George Cruikshank’s fertile imagination is well represented by this sinister depiction of the countryside succumbing to the hideous onslaught of monsters conjured out of tools and building materials. The fate of anthropomorphic trees leaves us in no doubt that Cruikshank felt that humankind was on the losing side. The etching was published in 1829 and is part of the artist’s series of ‘Scraps and sketches’, in which light-hearted punning humour and gentle social satire abound, interspersed with images of crusading intensity, reminding us of the devastating wit which was deployed against the Prince Regent and the political establishment in the troubled years at the beginning of the decade.