George Cruikshank (1792–1878)
George Cruikshank (1792–1878)
George Cruikshank (1792–1878)
George Cruikshank (1792–1878)
George Cruikshank (1792–1878)
George Cruikshank (1792–1878)
George Cruikshank (1792–1878)
George Cruikshank (1792–1878)

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George Cruikshank was one of Charles Dickens's close friends and illustrators. Behnes was a highly celebrated sculptor and mentored many important artists. He became the Sculptor-in-Ordinary to Queen Victoria upon her accession. William Behnes was a revered sculptor of German parentage who became famous for his portrait-busts. Although the original bust is presumed lost, numerous casts were made, including this one and another in the National Portrait Gallery, London (NPG 1300). Unfortunately, no record specifying the work's provenance seems to exist, but we are aware that George Cruikshank and William Behnes were well acquainted. When Behnes died in 1864, Cruikshank lobbied for a bronze bust of the artist to be presented to the National Gallery, a campaign that was soon abandoned.

Charles Dickens Museum, London



George Cruikshank (1792–1878)






H 75 x W 34.5 x D 25.5 cm

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on front: BEHNES SCP.

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across the front: George Cruikshank


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