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Cruickshank print.

During the French Revolution (1789) and the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars (1792-1815) many in Britain feared that anarchy in France would spread across the Channel.

Cartoonists like George Cruikshank mocked the new French ideas about freedom and equality. Cruikshank was influenced by the famous cartoonists Hogarth and Gillray. He was hugely well known and his works attacked everyone – rich and poor, radical politician and the British monarchy, the French and Irish.

He later became well known for his book illustrations, including Oliver Twist.