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Political Cartoons in the Age of Revolution

  • THiNK Cobden Chambers Nottingham, England, NG1 2ED United Kingdom (map)
Image credit: Jeanne Booth

Image credit: Jeanne Booth

'Graphic satire' flourished in the 18th century due to Britain's lack of censorship laws. Cartoons like these were placed in shop windows for everyone to see. Before the internet, cameras, radio and TV, it was the only way in which people got to see their politicians, royalty, judges, aristocracy and the celebrities of the day. Some historians argue this marked the beginning of public engagement in politics but also that satire helped to keep Britain stable during the time of the French and American revolutions.

Alan Booth is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Nottingham and has written on working-class and protest movements in the 1790s when these cartoons first appeared. Join him for a conversation to find out more, discuss the political context (and perhaps draw some parallels with today), and you are welcome to take the cartoons off display to look at them more closely. 

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