September 27, 1792 in the family of British illustrator and cartoonist Isaac Cruikshank (1756–1811) son George Cruikshank (1792–1878) was born. The young man followed in the footsteps of his father and eventually surpassed him in fame. During his long life, he illustrated about 850 books, depicting in his works the political life of England and Europe in the first half of the 19th century.
English political satire of the late 18th — early 19th centuries paid great attention to France and Napoleon. The elder Cruikshank created a huge number of cartoons dedicated to the French emperor, and after his death, his son consciously or unconsciously had to continue this business. George Cruikshank left many drawings about the events of 1812-1815 — about the Russian campaign of Napoleon, his defeats in Europe, exile on the Elba and the famous 100 days. It is these cartoons that are included in today's material.
Interestingly, Cruikshank often used Russian caricatures, leaving signatures in the original language when redrawing.