Mr. Simmons in the Character of Mother Goose, frontispiece to Fairburn's Description of the Popular and Comic New Pantomime,
called Harlequin and Mother Goose, or the Golden Egg
George Cruikshank, 1792-1878, British; John Fairburn, London, publisher
Etching with hand coloring
George Cruikshank's cataloger, Albert M. Cohn, suggests this unsigned frontispiece is the artist's earliest unassisted etching.
The frontispiece is for a small pamphlet describing and critiquing the 1806 comic pantomime by Thomas Dibdin performed at
Catalogue Raisonne: Reid 4598; Douglas 315; Cohn 280
Provenance: R.J.H. Douglas; Albert M. Cohn; William H. Woodin; Marshall R. Anspach; Richard A. Vogler, Los Angeles