Thursday 11 July 2024

❑ Jasper Jennings : Biting political satire : cartoon etchings in late Georgian Britain

Many of us will be familiar with and enjoy the work of Gerald Scarfe, Nicola Jennings, Martin Rowson, Chris Riddell and Peter Brookes who, along with many others, have championed the time-honoured tradition of skewering British politicians with their trenchant and biting cartoons particularly at times of political and social unease. During an earlier period of social and economic upheaval, set against the backdrop of war and the French Revolution, Jasper Jennings will examine what caricaturists such as James Gillray, considered to be the father of the political cartoon, and Richard Newton brought to the debate over political reform.

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Jasper Jennings sees graphic political satire as Britain’s only original contribution to European art. In this illustrated lecture, he will explore the impact of satirical cartoons within and outside what we now refer to as the ‘Westminster bubble’. He will shed light on how they were marketed and consumed by their primary audience, and reflect on how we in the 21st century should engage with these humorous yet often challenging images.

Jasper Jennings is an expert in antique prints with over 20 years of experience in the trade. After studying History at Manchester University, he worked in a specialist shop in Covent Garden and then a New York art gallery, after which he started dealing and exhibiting at international antiquarian fairs. Jasper has written about printed collectables for publications such as Historic House, Barnebys and the Antiques Trade Gazette

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