George Cruikshank the Younger (active about 1870)
'St Valentine As It Ought To Be'
Pen and ink
Museum nos. E.284-1948
Bequeathed by H.H. Harrod
These satirical allegories were probably intended for illustration. However, even 'St Valentine as it ought to be' appears to offer a tongue-in-cheek view of over-sentimental, idealised love. Together these drawings explore the boundaries between genuine feeling and financially driven emotion.