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Isaac Cruikshank (1764-1811)

Isaac Cruikshank (1764-1811)

Forceful as a caricaturist and imaginative as a painter, Isaac Cruikshank acted as a model for his sons and, through both them and more generally, proved an influence on the imagery of a generation.

Isaac Cruikshank was born in the Canongate, Edinburgh, on 5 October 1764. His father, Andrew Crookshanks, who had once worked as a painter and as a customs officer, was a seller of prints and books.

Cruikshank soon decided to pursue his father’s first career, and become an artist. Following his father’s death in 1783, he studied under a local artist, possibly John Kay, and late in the same year master and pupil moved south to London (Cruikshank lodging at 53 Stanhope Street, Clare Market). There he worked, in the words of his son George Cruikshank as ‘a clever designer, etcher, and engraver, and a first-rate water-colour draughtsman’ (quoted in William Bates,
George Cruikshank: The Artist, The Humorist, and The Man, London: Houlston and Sons, 1879, page 8). His first known publications – in January 1784 – were etchings of Edinburgh caricatures.

In 1788, Cruikshank married Mary MacNaughton.

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