|Engraving depicting "Punch and the Cat"|
The Victoria & Albert Museum
Some of the earliest, most accurate and famous drawings we have of the Nineteenth Century Punch & Judy shows in Britain are those created by the celebrated illustrator George Cruikshank (1792-1878).
Here, we see an engraving after one of Cruikshank’s renowned drawings. The print crisply depicts not only the Punch & Judy performance, but also, the audience. Here, we see Punch and the Cat in a booth in the upper center. Some Punch & Judy Professors in the Nineteenth Century used a cat in lieu of the Dog Toby. At the time, many Punch & Judy men still employed real animals as Punch’s companion as opposed to puppet counterparts. If a dog was unavailable, Mr. Punch was joined by a cat.