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Throughout history, illustrators and others have seen fit to accurately skewer politicians, religious leaders, and countless others through their creative drawings and words. Born in 1756, English illustrator James Gillray was part of this honorable tradition. He reigned supreme during a period that became known as the "golden age of English caricature," and he "chronicled and ridiculed the politicians and ruling class of his day." This collection of his work comes courtesy of Dickson Q. Brown (Princeton class of 1895) who donated 313 prints to the Princeton University Library. Visitors to the site won't want to miss his "A bouquet of the last century" or his highly effective "A peep into the cave of Jacobinism." Overall, it's a delightful set of images, and one that effectively demonstrates the power of such pieces of art and political commentary.
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Date of Scout Publication 2010-12-17
Archived Scout Publication URL https://scout.wisc.edu/Reports/ScoutReport/2010/scout-101217#2

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