George Cruikshank the Younger, 'St Valentine As It Ought To Be'

George Cruikshank the Younger, 'St Valentine As It Ought To Be'

George Cruikshank the Younger (active about 1870)
'St Valentine As It Ought To Be'
About 1870
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.