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Satirical Collection

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Background imageSatirical Collection: Cartoon from Puck, between 1880 and 1889. Creators: Joseph Keppler, Bernhard Gillam

Cartoon from Puck, between 1880 and 1889. Creators: Joseph Keppler, Bernhard Gillam
Cartoon from Puck, between 1880 and 1889

Background imageSatirical 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 imageSatirical Collection: Man riding on a steam rocket

Man riding on a steam rocket
The Flight of Intellect. A comic image of a thin man riding on a steam rocket, with his top hat flying off behind him. Portrait of Mr Golightly experimenting on Mess Quick & Speeds new patent high

Background imageSatirical 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 imageSatirical Collection: The Devilfish in Egyptian Waters. An American cartoon from 1882 depicting John Bull (England)

The Devilfish in Egyptian Waters. An American cartoon from 1882 depicting John Bull (England)
IMPERIALISM CARTOON, 1882. The Devilfish in Egyptian Waters. An American cartoon from 1882 depicting John Bull (England) as the octopus of imperialism grabbing land on every continent

Background imageSatirical 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 imageSatirical Collection: The Gate of Calais. Etching by William Hogarth (1697-1764)

The Gate of Calais. Etching by William Hogarth (1697-1764)
William Hogarth (1697-1764). British artist, engraver, illustrator and satirical painter. The Gate of Calais. Etching by Hogarth. Engraving. The Iberian Illustration, 1888. Colored

Background imageSatirical Collection: Suffragettes - Christmas Dinner in Holloway by Lawson Wood

Suffragettes - Christmas Dinner in Holloway by Lawson Wood
Four portly prison officers and policemen force feed a handcuffed suffragette Christmas pudding from the police buffet trolley in Holloway Prison. Date: 1912

Background imageSatirical Collection: William Hogarth The Analysis of Beauty, Plate 1

William Hogarth The Analysis of Beauty, Plate 1
Vintage engraving of William Hogarth The Analysis of Beauty, Plate 1. The Analysis of Beauty is a book written by the 18th-century artist and writer William Hogarth, published in 1753

Background imageSatirical Collection: Los Caprichos by Francisco de Goya (1746-1828)

Los Caprichos by Francisco de Goya (1746-1828)
Francisco de Goya (1746-1828). Spanish painter and printmaker. Los Caprichos. Lo que puede un sastre! (What can a tailor!). Number 52. Aquatint. 1799. Reproduction by M. Segui i Riera

Background imageSatirical Collection: Protestant Reformation. Satire against Martin Luther (1483

Protestant Reformation. Satire against Martin Luther (1483
Protestant Reformation. 16th century. Germany. Satire against Martin Luther (1483-1546). Colored engraving

Background imageSatirical Collection: Cartoon, Mermaids and U-Boats, WW1

Cartoon, Mermaids and U-Boats, WW1
Cartoon, Mermaids and U-Boats. Two mermaids and two fish are disturbed by a German U-boat which has a face like a shark. Date: 1917

Background imageSatirical Collection: GERRYMANDER CARTOON, 1812. The Gerry-Mander! Cartoon comment, 1812, by Elkanah

GERRYMANDER CARTOON, 1812. The Gerry-Mander! Cartoon comment, 1812, by Elkanah Tisdale on the action of Governor Elbridge Gerry

Background imageSatirical Collection: Female jockeys riding gentlemen like horses

Female jockeys riding gentlemen like horses
Two women jockeys with riding crops, spur on their steeds - not horses, but top-hatted and tailed gentlemen who wear bridles in their mouths

Background imageSatirical Collection: The Income Tax Official in Hades by H. M. Bateman

The Income Tax Official in Hades by H. M. Bateman
A tax man from the Inland Revenue suffering his worst nightmare - locked in a cage suspended over a pile of cheques and money he cannot reach. Cartoon by H. M

Background imageSatirical Collection: Rejected by the inventions board

Rejected by the inventions board
" Rejected by the inventions board. VII -The Gallipoli Shell-Diverter for returning the Enemys Fire" There were other theatres of war besides he Western Front

Background imageSatirical 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 imageSatirical Collection: London going out of town -- the expansion of London

London going out of town -- the expansion of London
London going out of town, or, The March of Bricks & Mortar -- Cruikshanks cartoon comment on the expansion of London

Background imageSatirical Collection: Cartoon of Winston Churchill, British statesman

Cartoon of Winston Churchill, British statesman
A cartoon depiction of Winston Churchill, British statesman and historian

Background imageSatirical 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 imageSatirical Collection: The Sleeping Congregation, William Hogarth

The Sleeping Congregation, William Hogarth
Vintage engraving of The Sleeping Congregation, William Hogarth. Interior of a church where the congregation sleeps as the clergyman reads from the gospel

Background imageSatirical 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

Background imageSatirical Collection: The Five ALLs - John Kay

The Five ALLs - John Kay
Satirical cartoon by Scottish caricaturist John Kay (1742-1826) entitled The Five All s, depicting five characters and their interpretations of their reltion to All

Background imageSatirical Collection: Wagner / Gill / Ring Cycle

Wagner / Gill / Ring Cycle
RICHARD WAGNER German composer in a satirical comment on his four-part opera cycle, Der Ring des Nibelungen

Background imageSatirical Collection: Programme design, Gilbert & Sullivan, Princess Ida

Programme design, Gilbert & Sullivan, Princess Ida, Savoy Theatre, London. A respectful operatic perversion of Tennysons " Princess" in Three Acts. circa 1880s

Background imageSatirical Collection: To the Public Danger

To the Public Danger
Humorous scene by Lawson Wood (1878-1957) showing policemen chasing a gentleman in a futuristic flying machine along a main road. Satire on flying which was in infancy

Background imageSatirical Collection: How Some Englishmen thought we were going to win the war

How Some Englishmen thought we were going to win the war
Humorous cartoon showing Englishmen, armed with cricket bats, golf clubs and rugby balls giving the Hun a good thrashing - a satirical view on how some thought World War One could be won in

Background imageSatirical Collection: Marguerite Durand / Losque

Marguerite Durand / Losque
MARGUERITE DURAND French womens rights activist and journalist: a satirical depiction

Background imageSatirical Collection: Dick Dock, or the Lobster and Crab, 1806

Dick Dock, or the Lobster and Crab, 1806. Scene outside an alehouse by the River Thames. A Greenwich Pensioner with a wooden leg takes the hand of a soldier

Background imageSatirical Collection: Victorian satirical cartoon capitalism and the middleman

Victorian satirical cartoon capitalism and the middleman
Vintage engraving of a victorian satirical cartoon, 19th Century. The Satires of Cynicus. capitalism and the middleman

Background imageSatirical Collection: Cartoons, The Great Chartist Demonstration

Cartoons, The Great Chartist Demonstration -- No. IX, The Beginning and the End. 1848

Background imageSatirical Collection: Cartoon, Britannia between Scylla & Charybdis

Cartoon, Britannia between Scylla & Charybdis, or, the Vessel of the Constitution steered clear of the Rock of Democracy, and the Whirlpool of Arbitrary Power, by James Gillray

Background imageSatirical Collection: Cartoon, The Dropped Pilot, WW1

Cartoon, The Dropped Pilot, WW1
Cartoon, The Dropped Pilot, twenty-four years after Tenniel. In Tenniels Dropping the Pilot cartoon of 1890 Kaiser Wilhelm II watches as Bismarck disembarks from the ship (of state)

Background imageSatirical Collection: Barber-surgeons, satirical artwork

Barber-surgeons, satirical artwork
Barber-surgeons. Satirical artwork depicting barber-surgeons and their patients as monkeys. At bottom, the barber role is being performed, while at top the surgical and medical roles are shown

Background imageSatirical Collection: Oscar Wilde cartoon

Oscar Wilde cartoon
Oscar Wilde - IRISH PLAYWRIGHT Cartoon Portrayal

Background imageSatirical Collection: Cartoon, Queen Victorias Christmas, A Vision

Cartoon, Queen Victorias Christmas, A Vision (based on Dickens story, A Christmas Carol). Gladstone as Scrooge sleeps while Disraeli (who had died five years earlier)

Background imageSatirical Collection: Preparing for the heated term. American cartoon, 1867, on the purchase of Alaska by Billy

Preparing for the heated term. American cartoon, 1867, on the purchase of Alaska by Billy
ALASKA PURCHASE CARTOON. Preparing for the heated term. American cartoon, 1867, on the purchase of Alaska by Billy (Secretary of State William H)

Background imageSatirical Collection: PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN, 1912. Former president Theodore Roosevelt

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN, 1912. Former president Theodore Roosevelt and President William Howard Taft battling for the Republican presidential nomination in a 1912 American cartoon

Background imageSatirical Collection: Irish Home Rule cartoon

Irish Home Rule cartoon
Conservative Party political cartoon with ex Prime Minister Arthur James Balfour talking to Henry Campbell-Bannerman about Irish Home Rule, 1906 Date: 1906

Background imageSatirical Collection: Medical prescription, satirical artwork

Medical prescription, satirical artwork
Medical prescription. Satirical artwork titled Of Prescribing Foolishly, showing a patient in bed with a doctor in a fools hat (right) holding aloft a proposed treatment

Background imageSatirical Collection: Cartoon impression of the Russo-Japanese War 3 of 5

Cartoon impression of the Russo-Japanese War 3 of 5
Card 3 of 5 - The Wrestlers. A cartoon interpretation of the Russo-Japanese war, acted out by the principal ruling individuals from the International Community

Background imageSatirical Collection: Menelik Ii / Ethiopia / Rire

Menelik Ii / Ethiopia / Rire
MENELIK II Emperor of Ethiopia (1889-1913) - a satirical view

Background imageSatirical Collection: Cock Pit / Hogarth

Cock Pit / Hogarth
THE COCK PIT Satirical illustration showing blindness of man drawn into betting on match, and other debauchery

Background imageSatirical Collection: A Rakes Progress, Plate 1, June 25, 1735. Creator: William Hogarth

A Rakes Progress, Plate 1, June 25, 1735. Creator: William Hogarth
A Rakes Progress, Plate 1, June 25, 1735

Background imageSatirical Collection: The Bruiser, August 1, 1763. August 1, 1763. Creator: William Hogarth

The Bruiser, August 1, 1763. August 1, 1763. Creator: William Hogarth
The Bruiser, August 1, 1763

Background imageSatirical Collection: William Hogarth Characters and Caricatures

William Hogarth Characters and Caricatures
Vintage engraving of William Hogarth Characters and Caricatures. Critics had sometimes dismissed the exaggerated features of Hogarths characters as caricature and, by way of an answer

Background imageSatirical Collection: Victorian satirical cartoon, He shall have little for his pains

Victorian satirical cartoon, He shall have little for his pains
Vintage engraving of a Victorian satirical cartoon on the Art Dealer. He shall have little for his pains, Who makes his living by his brains

Background imageSatirical Collection: Uncorking Old Sherry, 1805

Uncorking Old Sherry, 1805
Uncorking Old Sherry, pub. 1805 (hand coloured engraving). William Pitt (1759-1806) giving a speech on 6th March 1805



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"Unleashing the Power of Satire: A Journey through Historical Artworks" Step into a world where art meets wit, as we explore the realm masterpieces that have left an indelible mark on history. From political commentaries to societal critiques, these captivating works offer a glimpse into the minds of their creators and the eras they lived in. In James Gillray's "The Cow-Pock, " witness Edward Jenner and his controversial vaccination method being hilariously mocked. Duke Wellington and Paul Pry take center stage in another satirical spectacle, showcasing the fine line between heroism and absurdity. Prepare for an exhilarating ride as we encounter a man soaring high on a steam rocket, defying gravity with both humor and imagination. Meanwhile, John Bull morphs into an imperialistic octopus in an American cartoon from 1882, shedding light on England's insatiable thirst for land across continents. No era is spared from satire's sharp tongue - even Martin Luther faces its wrath during the Protestant Reformation. Explore how Lawson Wood captures suffragettes' fight for equality amidst a Christmas dinner at Holloway prison – blending mirth with social commentary. William Hogarth's "The Analysis of Beauty" challenges conventional notions while Francisco de Goya's "Los Caprichos" delves deep into human folly. Witness Integrity reluctantly retiring from office in 1801 or dive beneath WWI waters to uncover mermaids alongside U-boats in poignant cartoons. Discover Elkanah Tisdale’s biting critique through his iconic "GERRYMANDER CARTOON, " exposing political manipulation that still resonates today. And who can forget female jockeys riding gentlemen like horses? An unconventional twist that questions gender roles with every stride. These artworks stand testament to satire’s power - it provokes thought while tickling our funny bones. Join us on this journey through time as we unravel layers of humor, irony, and social commentary that continue to shape our world.