Art: Three Aces

Victorian England produced fuzzy, sentimental painting, and a lot of sharp and funny drawing. The drawing has lasted better. Three of her ace draftsmen, George Cruikshank, Richard Doyle and Sir John Tenniel, are the subjects of three books published last week in England (by Art & Technics Ltd.). U.S. readers, familiar with only one string of each artist's bow (like Tenniel's Alice in Wonderland), will find the drawings a wonderland of surprises.

Cruikshank (1792-1878) was the first important British artist to make a living from book illustration. His father had been a caricaturist, and...

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