The Birth of British Caricature: Hogarth, Gillray, and Rowlandson

Event Type: Branch

Takes Place: 21st November 2019

Time: 8.00pm

Venue: Fellowship House, 136A Willifield Way, London NW11 6YD

Description: Tom Kennett is University Archivist and Karen Brayshaw is Special Collections & Archives Manager at the University of Kent. Their lecture will commence with a brief introduction on the formation and work of the British Cartoon Archive, before examining the birth of British cartooning and caricature in the 18th century, focusing on the pioneering work of William Hogarth, Thomas Rowlandson, and James Gillray. Each used their satirical and artistic talents to hold a mirror to society: Hogarth produced a series of moral works including A Rake’s Progress and Gin Lane, highlighting the horrors lurking in plain sight in Georgian London; Gillray produced some of the most defining images of 18th century politics; and Rowlandson, through works such as Dr Syntax and The English Dance of Death, produced enduring images of 18th century life both in town and country. The lecture will conclude by analysing the continuing influence of these masters of the form in 20th century and contemporary cartooning, as evidenced in the works of artists such as Peter Brookes and Steve Bell. The talk will be illustrated throughout with examples of cartooning and caricature from the 18th century to the present day, drawn from the collections of the British Cartoon Archive and elsewhere.

Price: Free to members. £3.00 for non-members.


Organiser: Jeremy Berkoff

Lecturer: Tom Kennett and Karen Brayshaw, University of Kent

Region: London

Branch: Hampstead and North West London

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