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Background imageCaricature Collection: Gin Lane (Beer Street and Gin Lane 2), 1751. Artist: Hogarth, William (1697-1764)

Gin Lane (Beer Street and Gin Lane 2), 1751. Artist: Hogarth, William (1697-1764)
Gin Lane (Beer Street and Gin Lane 2), 1751. From a private collection

Background imageCaricature Collection: The Examination of a Young Surgeon. Satirical etching, 1811, by George Cruikshank

The Examination of a Young Surgeon. Satirical etching, 1811, by George Cruikshank
CARTOON: SURGEONS, 1811. The Examination of a Young Surgeon. Satirical etching, 1811, by George Cruikshank

Background imageCaricature Collection: Sadness, January 21, 1800. Creator: Thomas Rowlandson

Sadness, January 21, 1800. Creator: Thomas Rowlandson
Sadness, January 21, 1800

Background imageCaricature Collection: The Cow-Pock. Satirical etching, 1802, by James Gillray on Edward Jenner and vaccination

The Cow-Pock. Satirical etching, 1802, by James Gillray on Edward Jenner and vaccination
CARTOON: VACCINATION, 1802. The Cow-Pock. Satirical etching, 1802, by James Gillray on Edward Jenner and vaccination

Background imageCaricature Collection: Denham Studios restaurant by Tony Wysard, 1937

Denham Studios restaurant by Tony Wysard, 1937
Intensively populated illustration by Tony Wysard, showing imagined diners at the restaurant at Denham Studios. Illustration includes a key to all caricatures portrayed but include David Niven

Background imageCaricature Collection: All Aboard for Brooklands by The Tout 1931

All Aboard for Brooklands by The Tout 1931
Humorous colour illustration by The Tout showing caricatures of various personalities from the motoring world in 1931. From left: Lord Howe, Mr. Raymond Mays, Mr. Hugh P

Background imageCaricature Collection: Duke Wellington / Paul Pry

Duke Wellington / Paul Pry
DUKE OF WELLINGTON British General and Statesman Known as the Iron Duke A Wellington Boot - Satire

Background imageCaricature Collection: Dmitri Mendeleev, caricature

Dmitri Mendeleev, caricature
Dmitri Mendeleev (1834-1907). Caricature of the Russian chemist Dmitry Ivanovich Mendeleyev. Mendeleyev (also spelt Mendeleev)

Background imageCaricature Collection: Richard Feynman, caricature C015 / 6715

Richard Feynman, caricature C015 / 6715
Richard Feynman (1918-1988). Caricature of the American theoretical physicist Richard Phillips Feynman. As a young man, Feynman worked on the American atomic bomb project at Los Alamos

Background imageCaricature Collection: The Royal Aberdeen Golf Club by Mel

The Royal Aberdeen Golf Club by Mel
Caricature of members of the Royal Aberdeen Golf Club at Balgownie, formed in 1780. Members featured nclude Dr R. S. Clark, who was with Shackleton on the Endurance

Background imageCaricature Collection: Thomas Nast cartoon about Boss Tweed corruption

Thomas Nast cartoon about Boss Tweed corruption
" Who stole the peoples money? Twas him" cartoon about Tammany Hall scandal, 1871. Hand-colored woodcut reproduction of a Thomas Nast cartoon

Background imageCaricature Collection: Immanuel Kant, caricature

Immanuel Kant, caricature
Immanuel Kant. Caricature of the German philosopher Immanuel Kant (1724-1804). Kant published various influential philosophical works on the natural sciences, particularly geophysics and astronomy

Background imageCaricature Collection: David Hume, caricature

David Hume, caricature
David Hume. Caricature of the British philosopher and historian David Hume (1711-1776). Hume influenced the development of scepticism and empiricism

Background imageCaricature Collection: Rasputin Caricature

Rasputin Caricature
GRIGORI RASPUTIN caricatured as the sinister leader of Russias ruling house, looming over the puppet-like figures of Nicolas II and Alexandra

Background imageCaricature Collection: Charles Darwin in his evolutionary tree

Charles Darwin in his evolutionary tree. Caricature of the British naturalist Charles Robert Darwin (1809-1882) sitting in his evolutionary tree

Background imageCaricature Collection: David Attenborough, British naturalist

David Attenborough, British naturalist
David Attenborough. Caricature of the British naturalist and broadcaster Sir David Frederick Attenborough (born 1926) holding a frog

Background imageCaricature Collection: Science / Gillray Satire

Science / Gillray Satire
New Discoveries in Pneumaticks! A satire on the Royal Institution: Thomas Young experiments on Hippisley, Humphry Davy at the bellows, Rumford by the door

Background imageCaricature Collection: Famous Faces from the World of Boxing

Famous Faces from the World of Boxing
Mike Tyson, Chris Eubank, Henry Cooper, Frank Bruno, Mohammed Ali, Don King, Barry McGuigan, Amir Khan, Joe Calzaghe, Harry Carpenter, Ricky Hatton - Famous Faces from the World of Boxing

Background imageCaricature Collection: 1855 Punch Dinosaurs Crystal Palace

1855 Punch Dinosaurs Crystal Palace
1855 Cartoon from Punchs Almanac of that year, ascribed to John Leech. " A visit to the antediluvian reptiles at Sydenham - master Tom strongly objects to having his mind improved"

Background imageCaricature Collection: Dropping the Pilot, 1890. Artist: John Tenniel

Dropping the Pilot, 1890. Artist: John Tenniel
Dropping the Pilot, 1890. Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898) Prussian/German statesman, resigned as Chancellor, together with his son the German foreign minister

Background imageCaricature Collection: Royal Burgess Golfing Society of Edinburgh

Royal Burgess Golfing Society of Edinburgh
Mels Scottish Tour - Royal Burgess Golfing Society of Edinburgh. The club, at Barnton is the next oldest golf club in the world to Royal Blackheath having been formed in 1735. Date: 1935

Background imageCaricature Collection: Anti-Mau Mau poster, caricature of a Mau Mau rebel, 1952

Anti-Mau Mau poster, caricature of a Mau Mau rebel, 1952 (c).Inscribed: ?THE MAU MAU WANT YOUR GUN! SEE THAT THEY DON?T GET IT

Background imageCaricature Collection: Alex Higgins - Snooker Player

Alex Higgins - Snooker Player Date: 1980s

Background imageCaricature Collection: Terry Griffiths - Snooker Player

Terry Griffiths - Snooker Player Date: 1980s

Background imageCaricature Collection: Shane Warne - Australian cricketer

Shane Warne - Australian cricketer Date: 1980s - 1990s

Background imageCaricature Collection: Yorkshire Cricket, 1892. Artist: Spy

Yorkshire Cricket, 1892. Artist: Spy
Yorkshire Cricket, 1892. A portrait of Lord Hawke. Martin Bladen Hawke, 7th Baron Hawke (1860-1938) captained the Yorkshire County Cricket Club for 28 seasons

Background imageCaricature Collection: The Adventure of Silver Blaze, Holmes questioning a suspect. Artist: Sidney E Paget

The Adventure of Silver Blaze, Holmes questioning a suspect. Artist: Sidney E Paget
The Adventure of Silver Blaze, Holmes questioning a suspect. Encounter between Silas Brown, the trainer who was hiding the lost racehorse Silver Blaze, and Holmes

Background imageCaricature Collection: Derby Day - The Olympians

Derby Day - The Olympians
Caricatures of prominent racing fans riding to Epsom in a stagecoach. From left, the Earl of Lonsdale, Lady James Douglas, Sir Edward Hulton, Lord Glaneley, Sir H. Cunliffe-Owen, Hon. G

Background imageCaricature Collection: Niels Bohr, caricature

Niels Bohr, caricature
Niels Bohr (1885-1962). Caricature of the Danish physicist Niels Henrik David Bohr, blowing orbiting electrons out of his pipe. Bohr won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1922

Background imageCaricature Collection: Humphry Davy, caricature

Humphry Davy, caricature
Humphry Davy. Caricature of the British chemist and physicist Humphry Davy (1778-1829), holding a Davy lamp. The Davy lamp was a safety lamp designed for use in coal mines

Background imageCaricature Collection: Golf Clubs & Golfers - Woodcote Park Golf Club, Coulsdon

Golf Clubs & Golfers - Woodcote Park Golf Club, Coulsdon
A series of caricatures of the members of Woodcote Park golf club in Coulsdon, Surrey

Background imageCaricature Collection: Noel Coward (1899-1973)

Noel Coward (1899-1973)
Caricature of Noel Coward (1899-1973), the English playwright, actor and composer, in 1938

Background imageCaricature Collection: Irish gentleman in a whisky bar in Dublin prison, 1821

Irish gentleman in a whisky bar in Dublin prison, 1821
Irish gentleman in Croftons whisky and beer bar in Dublin prison, 1821. Bankrupt Brian Boru with his friends in the taproom drinking with criminals and debtors. The Tap in Sheriffs Prison

Background imageCaricature Collection: A Radical Lawyer, 1902. Artist: Spy

A Radical Lawyer, 1902. Artist: Spy
A Radical Lawyer, 1902. John Lawson Walton KC MP, British barrister and politician. Walton served as Attorney General from 1905-1908. Cartoon from Vanity Fair, 6th March 1902

Background imageCaricature Collection: Political Ravishment, or the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street in Danger!, 1797

Political Ravishment, or the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street in Danger!, 1797. Artist: Gillray, James (1757-1815)
Political Ravishment, or the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street in Danger!, 1797. From a private collection

Background imageCaricature Collection: Kate Carew self-portrait

Kate Carew self-portrait
Mary Williams (1869 1961), who wrote pseudonymously as Kate Carew, was a caricaturist self-styled as " The Only Woman Caricaturist"

Background imageCaricature Collection: Golf Clubs & Golfers - Harewood Downs by Mel

Golf Clubs & Golfers - Harewood Downs by Mel
The Harewood Downs Golf Club pictured by caricaturist Mel and featuring W. E. Stewart, J. A. B. Davidson, Jock Watt, Sir Herbert Wright, Dr. H. J. Henderson, M.C. A. E

Background imageCaricature Collection: James Clerk Maxwell, caricature

James Clerk Maxwell, caricature
James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879). Caricature of the Scottish physicist James Clerk Maxwell. Maxwells works cover a wide area of science

Background imageCaricature Collection: Smoking club, 18th century artwork

Smoking club, 18th century artwork. The practice of smoking tobacco was popularised in England and Ireland in the 1580s and 1590s by the English soldier and explorer Sir Walter Raleigh (c.1552-1618)

Background imageCaricature Collection: 1874 Monkey Darwin cartoon by Faustin

1874 Monkey Darwin cartoon by Faustin
" Prof. Darwin" coloured lithograph by Faustin Betbeder, with original Shakespeare quotes in text below. Front page of the " Figaro" paper N

Background imageCaricature Collection: Socrates, caricature

Socrates, caricature
Socrates. Caricature of the Ancient Greek philosopher Socrates (c.470-399 BC). Socrates is credited with introducing a new and critical attitude in philosophy and science

Background imageCaricature Collection: Members of the Nevill Golf Club

Members of the Nevill Golf Club
A selection of celebrity golfers from the Nevill Golf Club, Tunbridge Wells. Clockwise from top left: G.H Blanksby, L.J Langford, H

Background imageCaricature Collection: Charles Darwin with a lookalike ape

Charles Darwin with a lookalike ape
Charles Darwin holding up a hand mirror to an ape, showing how alike the pair of them are

Background imageCaricature Collection: Charles Darwin, caricatured in Vanity Fair

Charles Darwin, caricatured in Vanity Fair
Caricature of the naturalist Charles Darwin in Vanity Fair Magazine, 1871

Background imageCaricature Collection: Joe Marler - England rugby player

Joe Marler - England rugby player Date: 2010s

Background imageCaricature Collection: Gareth Edwards - Welsh rugby player

Gareth Edwards - Welsh rugby player Date: 1970s - 1980s

Background imageCaricature Collection: Integrity retiring from Office!, 1801

Integrity retiring from Office!, 1801
Integrity retiring from Office!, Pub. 1801 (hand coloured engraving). William Pitt the Younger (1759-1806) resigns as Prime Minister in protest at Kings rejection of the bills to unite England



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"Caricature: A Timeless Art of Satire and Wit" From the biting political commentary of James Gillray's "The Cow-Pock" to the whimsical charm of Tony Wysard's Denham Studios restaurant, it has long been a powerful medium for expressing social critique and entertainment. In the early 19th century, Gillray's satirical etchings like "Duke Wellington / Paul Pry" and "Political Ravishment" fearlessly mocked prominent figures such as Edward Jenner, Duke Wellington, and even the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street. These caricatures not only captured their subjects' physical features but also cleverly exaggerated their personalities and actions. Moving forward in time, Richard Feynman's C015/6715 caricature showcased his mischievous spirit alongside his scientific brilliance. Meanwhile, Mel's depiction of The Royal Aberdeen Golf Club transported us to a world where golfers were transformed into animated characters on the green. Caricatures have not been limited to historical or fictional figures alone; they have also celebrated contemporary icons like snooker player Alex Higgins or delved into enigmatic personalities such as Rasputin. Dmitri Mendeleev's caricature playfully portrayed his genius in formulating the periodic table while David Attenborough became an endearing figure through artistic exaggeration. Even philosophers like David Hume found themselves immortalized in this art form that captures both physical likeness and intellectual essence. Caricatures continue to entertain us today by offering unique perspectives on individuals who shape our world. Whether it is capturing moments from history or celebrating present-day luminaries like David Attenborough, caricature remains a vibrant art form that combines humor with incisive observation. It reminds us that laughter can be a powerful tool for reflection and understanding in an ever-changing society.