Spitting Images: Nick looks at early Caricature in Britain

Nick Pearson

13 Mar

OPEN Ealing Arts Centre W5 2TD


Class details

This week, Nick talks to us about the forms of early caricature in Britain.

Monday 13 March

10am – 12pm

Fee : £10 per person includes light refreshments

Experts consider the Golden Age of British satirical art to be mainly from the mid 18th to the early 19th centuries. The ‘Georgian period’ included the Napoleonic wars: a time when the politics, opinions and fashions of the country were ripe for satire.

In this talk, we’ll concentrate on William Hogarth, James Gillray, Thomas Rowlinson and George
Cruikshank. They were all artists who fiercely lampooned the social habits of the time and the inflated
importance of the leaders of the world they lived in. The artists published inexpensive prints throughout the period. The public eagerly awaited these prints and they were popular amongst people who frequented the coffee house culture of the period. You’ll notice that they created some particularly pertinent satirical images that we can compare to our own times.

After the lecture Nick sends you notes on the topics and examples of early caricature in Britain that you’ve seen during the talk.


Course Details

OPEN Ealing Arts Centre W5 2TD

Dates: 13 Mar -
Monday 10:00 am
Fees: £10

About the tutor

Nick Pearson

Nick is an internationally exhibited artist and an enthusiastic lecturer. He has a passion for art of all period and teaches at various levels in schools, colleges, universities and adult learning centres; including

  • London College of Contemporary Art
  • Richmond Art School
  • OPEN Ealing
  • University of Oxford
  • Northampton University
  • Bradford College of Art

His artistic practice encompasses sculpture, drawing and photographic work. He creates large, wall-based works which explore formal relationships through shape and colour, often with a kind of abstract visual humour – but as in all collage, each constituent part has its own history and poetic meaning. Nick uses everyday objects in his artwork which he has often found or which have been discarded.

For more information on his work and exhibitions visit his website:

To book special, private tours (for birthdays, corporate events, etc) please email him:

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