Cruikshank, George. Original Drawing.
Original pencil on paper drawing. Mounted and browned. Captioned in ink in Cruikshank’s hand on the verso (with additional pencil notations). Provenance - Pencil notation on the mount states 'Ex. Coll. G.[erald] Reitlinger'. Reitlinger was an art historian, painter and collector. See http://jameelcentre.ashmolean.org/collection/6/671.
The drawing itself shows a raucous household scene - an evidently inebriated jolly man sitting on a table, tankard in one hand, tavern pipe in the other, being scolded by a woman, while the cat and dog are fighting, and 6 unattended children are up to no good. Also a bird in a cage.
The verso contains a number of largely illegible scrawling. "Lazy Scamp!", "right end of life is to live and be jolly", and "jolly nose bright rubies" among other phrases, the latter being from Ainsworth's Jack Sheppard which Cruikshank illustrated.