Biting Political Satire: cartoon etchings in late Georgian Britain

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Date/Time
Monday, 15 May 2023
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location
St Margaret's United Reform Church
Victoria Avenue
London
N3 1BD


Note: this meeting has been moved to the third Monday in the month to avoid a clash with the Coronation bank holiday.

During a period of social, political and economic upheaval, Britain’s caricaturists of the late 18th and early 19th centuries made highly original contributions to national debates. In this illustrated lecture, Jasper Jennings will explore how satirical cartoons were marketed and consumed, their impact on the public and ‘Westminster bubble’ of their time – and how we, in the 21st century, can still engage with these humorous yet often challenging images.

Jasper Jennings is an expert in antiquarian books and prints and with over 20 years of experience. After studying history at university, he worked in an antiquarian print shop in Covent Garden and then a New York gallery, after which he started dealing and exhibiting at international antiquarian fairs. Jasper has written about printed collectables for publications such as Historic House, Barnebys and Antiques Trade Gazette.

Cartoon by Isaac Cruikshank (1792). Credit: US Library of Congress/flickr.com