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16 July 2018George Cruikshank – the man who drew Oliver Twist

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George Cruikshank – the man who drew Oliver Twist Ian Keable MA Monday 16 July 2018

Ian gained a First Class degree from Oxford University in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, qualified as a Chartered accountant and then became a professional magician.  He has written and presented a Radio 4 documentary on mind readers and performed a show about Charles Dickens, who was an amateur conjuror.  Ian collects 18th and 19th century books, posters and prints relating to magic and hoaxes.  He has a deep and abiding interest in Dickens and his works.

George Cruikshank is now best remembered for his brilliant drawings for Charles Dicken’s Oliver Twist.   But this is to do his prodigious skills and work output a disservice.  He moved effortlessly from producing biting satirical prints to exquisite engravings for numerous books and journals . His reputation suffered in later life  but he is a fascinating character and this lecture will be an entertaining end to the 2017/8 season.