George Cruikshank - John Falstaff

John Falstaff by George Cruikshank

Illustrations of John Falstaff by George Cruikshank

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 purports to be a 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.


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