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August 31, 2010

Caricatures as a Political Weapon

If you are vaguely familiar with cartoon caricatures, you may be aware of William Hogarth who lead the way when it came to making a political point in the 18th century. Hogarth’s caricature cartoons were savage to say the least, targetting the bloated leaders of political parties as well as the aristocracy. Other noted caricaturists included George Cruikshank, James Gillray and Thomas Rowlandson, who were particularly noted for their biting political cartoon caricatures.

Political cartoon caricatures really took off in Britain in the eighteenth century, and between 1780 and 1820, caricaturing reached a feverish pitch. They were produced mostly by amateurs, and a man named George Townshend was one such caricaturist who spared neither friends nor the celebrities of the day in his caricature cartoons.

Even today, with the advent of multi media and the internet, caricatures in newspapers and magazines are still an effective way of making a political point. Perhaps the best example of this can be seen in the television series Spitting Image, where sometimes grotesque caricatures were used to attack politicians and celebrities.

But caricatures mean a lot more than weapons to be used against the establishment. Thanks to companies like Charlies Cartoons, you can own caricatures yourself. All you have to do is send him some photographs of the person you want to give personalised caricatures as a gift, and leave it all to Charlie. Have a look through the website and see for yourself just how effective and amusing these works of art can be, and then make your order!

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