Pit boxes & Gallery, from My Sketch Book by George Cruikshank


Published in 1834, George Cruikshanks's Pit boxes & Gallery depicts a raucous crowd gathered for a night's entertainment at the theatre. A chimney sweep peels an orange over the crowd (top left), a woman swigs alcohol straight from the bottle (top centre), and in the boxes below much enthusiastic flirting is taking place. In spite of all of the bad behaviour, Cruikshank has injected the scene with such a sense of vitality and humour that the viewer may wish that they were there themselves.

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Pit boxes & Gallery, from Vol. 1. of My Sketch Book by George Cruikshank
1834, London
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George Cruikshank
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