Satirical Cartoons: A History

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How do cartoons and visual satire operate?

This lecture will look at when humans first created art and at the dawn of satire.

Examining the work of Swift, Hogarth, Gillray, David Low and Ronald Searle, this lecture by celebrated cartoonist Martin Rowson will also examine the role cartoons play in giving offence. Covering the Danish Cartoons scandal and the Charlie Hebdo massacre, this talk will also look at Martin Rowson's own cartoon output over the past 40 years.

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Satirical Cartoons: A History

Martin Rowson

25 January 2024

Further Reading


  1. Tim Clayton "James Gillray: A revolution In Satire"
  2. Jenny Uglow "Hogarth"
  3. Martin Rowson "The Dog Allusion: Gods, Pets & How To Be Human"
  4. Martin Rowson "Giving Offence"
  5. David Graebber & David Wengrow "The Dawn of Everything"
  6. Christopher Boehm "Hierarchy in The Forest"
  9. Russell Davies "Ronald Searle: A Biography"



© Martin Rowson, 2024

This event was on Thu, 25 Jan 2024

Martin Rowson

Martin Rowson

Martin Rowson is a multi-award winning cartoonist, writer, illustrator, ranter, performer and poet. His work over the past 40 years has appeared in almost every...

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