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Barnaby Rudge Helping Lead the Gordon Riots

Barnaby Rudge Helping Lead the Gordon Riots

(British, 1840–1898)
Sheet: 25.4 x 17.6 cm (10 x 6 15/16 in.)
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

This drawing was never published as an illustration, but the character of Barnaby appeared in Charles Green's design for a title page for an edition of Dickens's collected works.


Charles Green was one of the most successful black-and-white illustrators in Victorian England, known especially for his images related to the novels of Charles Dickens. The subject of this drawing relates to the writer's historical novel Barnaby Rudge: A Tale of the Riots of 'Eighty, based on the Gordon Riots. Here, Green depicted participants in an anti-Catholic protest against the Papists' Act of 1778, the most violent outpouring of religious hatred in 18th-century Britain.
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    William Lockwood, Nottingham
    (Ramiel M. Howitt, London)
    after 1979-2013
    Helen and Albert Borowitz, Cleveland, OH, given to the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
    Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Victorian Era Exhibition, 1897: Catalogue, Historical and Commemorative Sections. Exh. Cat. London: Earl's Court, 1897. Mentioned: p. 33, no. 69
    Lemonedes, Heather. British Drawings: The Cleveland Museum of Art. Exh. Cat. Cleveland, OH: Cleveland Museum of Art, 2013. Mentioned: pp. 128-29, 146, no. 43; Reproduced: p. 129
  • British Drawings from the Cleveland Museum of Art . The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (February 10-May 26, 2013).
    Victorian Era Exhibition, Historical and Commemorative Sections. Earl's Court, London (August 1897).
  • {{cite web|title=Barnaby Rudge Helping Lead the Gordon Riots|url=false|author=Charles Green|year=1884|access-date=04 March 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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