Day School: British Satirical Prints from 1720 to 1830

Ref: C3741587

Satirical prints played a significant role in the public life of Georgian Britain. We will explore some of the reasons for their popularity at this time, and some of the techniques and approaches adopted by the artists concerned. Examples we look at will include work by William Hogarth, James Gillray, Thomas Rowlandson and George Cruikshank.

Additional information about this course

This course is not supported by the Skills Funding Agency and does not have a fee waiver but concessions may be available - contact the Branch for further details.

Course aim

To consider the role of satirical prints in Georgian Britain, exploring the reasons for their popularity and subsequent decline, and the approaches adopted by the artists involved.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Name three key factors behind the rise and fall of Georgian satirical print culture.
  • Confidently discuss ideas such as satire, caricature and parody.
  • Look at examples of prints from this period and make a comment in discussion on them.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • There will be informal verbal feedback as appropriate

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No preparatory reading is required. Some suggestions for general reading include: Diana Donald, The Age of Caricature: Satirical Prints in the Reign of George III (1997). Richard T. Godfrey (ed), James Gillray: The Art of Caricature (2001).

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Day School: British Satirical Prints from 1720 to 1830 Course Outline

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Conditions

You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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