George Cruikshank





The Life of John Falstaff

One of Cruikshank's most celebrated series of drawings were his illustrations for a book entitled The Life of Sir John Falstaff, published in 1858. The book is a fictional biography of Falstaff drawn from contemporary and authentic sources.

In fact, Falstaff was a fictional character that appeared in three of Shakespeare's plays. In the plays Falstaff is fat, boastful and cowardly - the exact opposite of the knightly stereotype. Cruikshank here does an excellent job of depicting the lazy cowardly knight.



Sir John Falstaff

Sir John Falstaff






Falstaff and His Paige
Falstaff and His Paige






A Duel
A Duel






Life of Falstaff - Illustrated by George Cruikshank, number 1







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Life of Falstaff - Illustrated by George Cruikshank, number 8












Life of Falstaff - Illustrated by George Cruikshank, number 9












The End. Falstaff on His Death Bed
The End. Falstaff on His Death Bed
















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