Size: Frame 27 x 22 cm (10.5 x 9 inches) approx. Drawing 7.7 x 11.4 cm
Condition: Very good condition, in new frame and mount.
This very interesting pen and ink sketch is attributed to George Cruikshank (1792-1878), known principally as the illustrator of many of Charles Dickens' novels, but more widely as one of the greatest English caricaturists of the 19th century. Cruikshank's output was extensive, but most of it survives now in print form, and sketches are rare.
The print is inscribed "One of the Daoine Shie at early morning". The Daoine Shie is a name given to a particular from of Elfin people who live in mounds (literally meaning in Gaelic "The People of the Mounds"). This particular spelling was used by Sir Walter Scott, and Cruikshank produced illustrations for many of Scott's writings. It is possible that this sketch may have been produced in connection with Scott's Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft, published in 1830 with plates etched by George Cruikshank (although it does not appear that this was a final published etching).
The provenance of the drawing is that it was sold as part of a wider lot, all attributed to Cruikshank, at Mellors and Kirk Fine Art auction in 2003. This means that Mellors and Kirk considered the work was likely to be by Cruikshank.
Nicely framed and ready to hang.