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The Age of Caricature: Satirical Prints in the Reign of George III (The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art) Paperback – February 17, 1998

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  • Series: The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Paul Mellon Centre BA (February 17, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300071787
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300071788
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,054,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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William Pitt commissioned them. Alexander Pope collected them. The Prince of Wales bribed their makers to stop them from being produced. Not even the most respected and sharp-penned political cartoonist of our time wields the influences, or, it could be argued, possesses the artistic skills of the satirical engravers of England in the 18th century who elevated caricature to the level of high art. Diana Donald, a professor of art history at Manchester Metropolitan University in England, illuminates the art and meaning of more than 200 etchings by the top practitioners of the day (Rowlandson, Gillray, the Cruikshank brothers) as well as less-skilled amateurs and professionals who were popular once but are now mostly forgotten. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


Ms. Donald's scholarship is thorough and her detective work in decoding all those cryptic images misses very little ... The Age of Caricature is an indispensable guide to these comic masterpieces and one that will be hard to improve upon. -- The New York Times Book Review, Edward Sorel --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By James on March 26, 2011
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While the reproductions in the book are numerous and very fine, I would have liked to see more Rowlandson and Cruikshank prints. They are represented but "The Age of Caricature" is very heavy on James Gillray's colored etchings and various anonymous prints of the era. Gillray's work is wonderful but not the end all. The language of the text is very difficult to follow without a dictionary and thesaurus close at hand! A much better choice is "The Art of Satire: London in Caricature" by Mark Bills which is much easier to read and has more Rowlandson and Cruikshank works and less of Gillray and anonymous prints.
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