Caricatures of the peoples of the British Isles /
|Satirical prints enjoyed their heyday during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries and were the predeccessors of modern newspaper cartoons. Their power lies in an arresting combination of skilled draughtsmanship, merciless humour and often disturbing insights into social trends and prejudices. To mark the 300th anniversary of the formation of the Union of Scotland with England and Wales, this book presents a selection of works drawn from the British Museum's collection of over 20,000 satirical prints - the largest in the world. Included are fine examples by well-known masters such as Gillray and Rowlandson. Organized by country, this intriguing exploration of caricatures and stereotypes of Scotland, Wales, Ireland and England highlights some of the best comic moments in cartooning and reveals the attitudes of their inhabitants towards one another over the centuries. This fascinating collection introduces the best of a much-loved and enduring genre." --
|Published / Created:
British Museum Press,
|Physical description: 96 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.