Isaac Robert Cruikshank (1789-1856). "The Freedom of Election or Hunting for Popularity and Plumpers for Maxwell."
Engraving with original hand color. London: G. Humphrey, 22 June 1818. 10 1/4 x 14 1/4 (platemarks) plus thin but complete margins. George, 12999.
Like his brother George, Isaac Robert Cruikshank learned his trade from his father, Isaac. Originally setting himself up as a portrait and miniature painter, he later returned to printmaking, often collaborating with George. In 1830, he left caricature work to focus on book illustration.
This ingenious caricature shows twelve politicians on a stage representing various views of the election with Hunt and Maxwell as the major speakers. The audience is comically represented by fourteen heads expressing over 28 opinions of the election. A fine and vivacious representation of a British election at Covent Garden.
Other caricatures by Cruikshank father and sons: