Portrait of George Cruikshank from a drawing by F.W. Pailthorpe, published by J.F. Dexter in 1883.  In later years George Cruikshank, once the convivial companion of many in the Dickens circle, became a fanatical teetotaler.  This led to the termination of his friendship with Dickens.  Mrs. E. M. Ward relates the breaking point in her book Memories of Ninety Years, published by Holt in 1926.  She writes that at a dinner hosted by Dickens, Cruikshank snatched a wine glass from her hand, intending to dash it to the floor.  This infuriated Dickens, who berated Cruikshank: “How dare you… it is not for you to object to an innocent glass of sherry!”