Born into an artist family on September 27, 1792, the British caricaturist and illustrator George Cruikshank joined his brother Isaac Robert to follow in their famous father's footsteps. Isaac Cruikshank was known to be one of the Empire's best caricaturists and inspired his sons' work. George Cruikshank illustrated "Tristram Shandy" and "Oliver Twist" – a work for which he is widely known today. He is also famous for his political and social cartoons and his "Punch & Judy" drawings. "The Bachelor’s Own Book" is an amusing work depicting his view of the lighter side of early Victorian Society. Published in 1844, it soon turned into one of the first "sequential comic books" to be published and recognized in the States. In the late 1840s a very personal obsession started to manifest: The artist who in his early years had been a heavy drinker himself, turned purist. He started to support the National Temperance Society in their campaign against alcoholism. His work "The Bottle" is pure social criticism and a fascinating result of these ambitions, also considered his most important work of art. The eight plates dwell on the problems of a man who – driven by his craving for alcohol – destroys himself and his family. Published in England in 1848 it soon was imported into the United States where it was reprinted up until the early 20th century and used by temperance organisations to lecture on the consequences of alcoholism.