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A Brief History of British Political Cartoonists

An article takes time to read, but an image speaks to us instantly. In the 18th century, Guillaume Hogarth colorful campaign against idleness, cruelty and alcohol and Thomas Rowlandson invented comic books. But it was after 1805, when James Gillray depicted a voracious little Napoleon slicing through the world with William Pitt, which the cartoon – a compendium of short stories, characters and opinions – has become a feature of English life.

Of Gilray, Tenniel, Down, Gilles to modern Scarf, Trog, Bell, Brookeand Mast
Charles Harris, for Country Life, sums up the British political cartoon.

Searle writes: “It is not enough for a good cartoonist to be a competent artist with a sense of humour. He must enjoy a narrow and strong political bias… he must mock public opinion for what he believes it should be.

Postscript: In Glory to Matt

A small consolation for the current political turmoil in Britain is the brilliance of the TelegraphMatt’s cartoonist, who produces a little cartoon every day, without fail.

Consider the caricatures he drew the week before and after Liz Truss fell as Prime Minister after her policy reversals.

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