"The Age of Caricature" by Diana Donald

The Age of Caricature Satirical Prints in the Reign of George III Diana Donald

The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
Publication date:
28 Mar 1996
Paul Mellon Centre BA
256 pages: 279 x 216mm
183 b/w + 27 color illus.


"A stunning book. . . . An important contribution to historical judgments. . . . The book will appeal not just to the scholar but also to the general reader, and I hope it will reawaken interest in one of the greatest periods in English history."?Kenneth Baker, The Daily Telegraph

"A superbly illustrated history of the era when Gillray and Rowlandson, and lesser but still brilliant artists, portrayed with an amusing ferocity the foibles of the time and the failures of its politicians."?Kenneth Baker, The Daily Telegraph

"Others will find it a hard act to follow."?John Wardoper, Custom Art News

"Fascinating. . . . Indispensable reading for all those who have already developed an interest in the subject."?David Alexander, The Art Newspaper

"An absorbing glimpse into English politics of that time. . . . An indispensable guide to these comic masterpieces, and one that will be hard to improve upon."?Edward Sorel, New York Times Book Review

"In The Age of Caricature, with its fine illustrations, in colour and black and white, a marvellous picture is given of the prints shops themselves, and their other function which was to teach drawing to wealthy amateurs. Every conceivable twist and turn to the development and gradual demise of the Georgian satirical print is covered and the book will become a classic."?Richard Edmonds, Birmingham Post

"A handsomely produced volume with 210 illustrations, The Age of Caricature is the first to apply intensively to the graphic satire of the Hanoverian era the crossover techniques by which art history and social and political history have lately been made to illuminate one another."?Richard D. Altick, Times Literary Supplement

"Donald's handsome, intelligent text instructs readers in ideographic language and thus, in how to interpret its more than 200 prints as contemporaries might have done. Donald brings her discipline's perspective to a subject formerly the province of social historians. Reading prints for other than their political content and function, Donald analyzes the artistic character of the illustrated imagery of Hogarth, Gilray, et al., 'to construe the artistic as political.' The result is useful analytical tools and a richer understanding of Georgian caricature."?Choice

"This is a fascinating book, beautifully illustrated and well written."?Contemporary Review

"[Donald] has done much to revitalize the study of graphic satire and bring it from the margins to the very heart of the ongoing reassessment of eighteenth-century British visual culture."?Neil McWilliam, Art History

"What has been missing in the last thirty years is a critical and scholarly overview of the origins and history of the great explosion of English satirical prints in the second half of the eighteenth century. Donald's handsome and amply illustrated The Age of Caricature fills this need magnificently."?Katherine Hart, Inks

"This book is a must for teachers who want to understand the nature of political and social caricature between 1760 and 1820 and what a wonderfully illustrated book it is. Great reading for A Level students who want to get away from textbooks and a delight for their teachers."?Margaret Brown, Teaching History

"This work fills a void in the study of Georgian caricature, and does so in a scholarly, readable and, of course, visually entertaining manner."?Martyn J. Powell, British Journal for 18th Century Studies