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.