Inscription, in pen, along top and bottom edged: Copy of a Print by Gilray the original of which I gave to/ Wm. Hone to produce on his trial & of which afterwards I made/ an etching of this size George Cruikshank
Signed in pen, l.r.: Geo Cruikshank; inscribed at bottom: G. Cruikshank, Esq./263 Hampstead Road; on verso in pencil: Having for the greater part of my lifr/ been endeavoring to stop drunkenness &/ all the evils resulting therefrom, I am/ as a matter of course deeply interested &/ affected by any sad event that may be/ caused by the use of intoxicating liquors
Signed, l.l.: Geo. Cruikshank fect Inscribed C.: Monstrosities of 1825. - 6 - Inscribed, l.r.: London Pubd Feby. 10th 1826, by G. Humphrey 24 St James's Strt St James's Inscribed verso, in pencil, l.l.: APG 9216 C.R. in pencil: 86.8.
Fashionable figures promenading on a windy day are arrayed in a shallow, congested space across the image field. The blustery wind accents the wind-whipped broad straw hats, ribbons, and skirts of the women, rendering some of them faceless. Three children at the lower left appear as mushrooms while the woman in white behind them has an improbably pinched waistline.
British printmaking during the Regency period included a healthy dose of satire and several artists, including Thomas Rowlandson and brothers George and Isaac Robert Cruikshank applied their wit to observing the social scene around them. Parodying and underscoring the excesses—“Monstrosities”—of high fashion though the device of a blustery day, Cruikshank exaggerates the broad brimmed millinery of both women and small children who are effectively rendered unidentifiable thanks to the overly generous proportions of their hats. Absurdly pinched waists of the fashionable young women are contrasted with the large woman at left who is shown with ribbons flying in the wind.
A study sketch of the heads of men along the top right side and a pair - a man and the devil - smoking in the bottom left corner. The men on the right are all helmeted in different syles of helmet with pointed faces. The man in the bottom corner is dressed in 17th century dress and reclining with legs outward while smoking. The devil figure is hard to discern, but appears to be a standing gargoyle-like figure in the distance. Clouds of smoke surround them.