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UTSTÄLLNING | I London finns nu möjlighet att se en utställning om engelska karikatyrteckningar från sena 1700-talet till början av 1800-talet.

John Bull Exchanging News with the Continent - George Murgatroyd Woodward

Förutom det humoristiska och konstnärliga underhållningsvärdet ger de också en intressant inblick i hur åsikter, nyheter och propaganda blandades på den tiden.

Utställningen Broadsides! Caricature and the Navy 1775–1815 undersöker kungliga brittiska flottans historia med utgångspunkt från dessa karikatyrteckningar.  

På den tiden utvecklades karikatyrerna till en ny och populär form av satir som blev alltmer sofistikerad. Teckningarna behandlade politiska händelser med en giftig kvickhet och ett journalistiskt intresse för samtidsfrågorna.

Matthew Dennison skriver i Country Life om utställningen nu visas på National Maritime Museum i London:

George Murgatroyd Woodward was known as Mustard George on account of the keenness and sharpness of his wit. Revelling in low company and, latterly, habitually inebriated, he died in November 1809 at the Brown Bear public house in Bow Street. In his hand was a glass of brandy, the cause of death a form of dropsy.

Happily, before that colourful demise, Woodward had produced enormous numbers of equally colorful caricatures, humorous in a decidedly heavyhanded manner, vigorous in their simple thrusts, boldly executed and powerful.

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John Bull Exchanging News with the Continent. Trafalgar was published on December 11, 1805. It depicts that icon of the English character, John Bull, in the guise of a newsboy, standing on a clifftop labeled ‘Truth’, opposite Napoleon, on a clifftop on the other side of the Channel, which is labeled ‘Falsehood’. From the French side issue quantities of newspapers and pamphlets that, despite recent resounding defeat at the Battle of Trafalgar, proclaim unambiguously French victory. John Bull utters the single statement: ‘Total defeat of the Combin’d Fleets of France and Spain.’

Neither side is wholly truthful, as Bull omits to mention the death of Admiral Lord Nelson, something of a setback for the Royal Navy. Woodward outlines clearly the importance of propaganda and careful editing in an image that, for this very reason, continues to resonate. Implicitly, this caricature serves as a guide to the whole exhibition: approach all published sources with caution.

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In a period in which the American War of Independence and the Napoleonic Wars placed British naval prowess at the forefront of national life, caricaturists served as alternative newsmongers. As this colourful display shows, their version of current events was consistently forthright and opinionated.

Övrigt: Utställningen visas fram till den 3 februari 2013. Mer information och fler teckningarhttp://www.rmg.co.uk.

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