Seminar: Satirical Prints in Britain 1720-1830

Ref: C3744616

Satirical prints played a significant role in the public life of Georgian Britain, engaging with a range of social and political themes. We will discuss the nature of the print market, and explore some of the reasons for popularity of satirical prints at this time and for their subsequent decline. We will also think about some of the techniques and approaches, such as caricature and parody, adopted by the artists concerned. Examples we look at will include work by William Hogarth, James Gillray, Thomas Rowlandson and George Cruikshank, as we explore how they responded to important issues of the time.

Additional information about this course

This course is not supported by the Education 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
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Seminar: Satirical Prints in Britain 1720-1830

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