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Alfred Crowquill (Alfred Henry Forrester) (1804-1872)


As a writer and illustrator, Alfred Henry Forrester collaborated with his brother, Charles, under the name ‘Alfred Crowquill’, and took the pseudonym for himself before his brother’s death. Beginning as a caricaturist and cartoonist, he turned to comic books with his own texts in the 1840s, and focussed on children’s books from the 1860s.
Alfred Henry Forrester was born in London, the son of a rich City lawyer. His elder brother, Charles, was a writer who would also make use of the pseudonym ‘Alfred Crowquill’. Some of his first caricatures were engraved by George Cruikshank, including the etching Beauties of Brighton of 1826, which featured the two Forrester brothers dressed as bucks. In the following year, the brothers worked together on Absurdities in Prose and Verse, with Alfred providing the illustrations.

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