March 18 - June 25, 2010
Coordinated with the exhibition in the main gallery, which includes autobiographical cartoons and illustration-derived magazine covers and other paintings, this small show includes 200-year old social satire prints from the fine art collection.
Early satirical prints are important social documents that comically portray people and situations of interest to their contemporaries. The exaggerations created were not simply recordings of these people and events but were knowingly critical or infused with popular prejudices revealing the absurdities and hypocrisy of the subjects. Most often the prints were also titled so there was no possible doubt of their intended meaning. Because they sold singularly and cheaply, in large numbers, like comic books today, many have survived over the centuries. –based on information from www.ilab.org
Image: Thomas Rowlandson
The Last Drop, 1811
etching with watercolor on paper