"Plate 3: The Turk's daughter expresses a wish as Lord Bateman is Hers."
Cruikshank was famous for singing the Ballard, about a dandy lord’s romantic adventure in Turkey recited by a cockney dustman, at many an evening with friends. In 1839, he decided to write it up and illustrate it for publication. By that time, Cruikshank’s party performance had become so beloved that Dickens took to performing it as well, and Thackeray, inspired by Dickens’s rendition, undertook to illustrate it for publication. When Thackeray discovered that Cruikshank was planning to publish his own rendition, he and Dickens joined the fun, and it was published by Cruikshank’s publisher, Charles Tilt, with Cruikshank’s woodcuts, Thackeray’s text, and Dickens’s Preface and notes.
Source: The Loving Ballard of Lord Bateman. Illustrated by George Cruikshank.