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June 15, 2011

The History of Caricatures

Filed under: caricatures — Tags: , , , — Charlie Anson @ 12:16 pm

Although we are used to seeing caricature cartoons in friend’s and relatives homes these days – and our own homes as well, of course – there was a time when caricature portraits were used as a means of attacking politicians and other establishment figures, rather than an amusing piece of art for us to enjoy.

Caricature cartoons became hugely popular in Britain during the 18th century when artists used them in a satirical manner. If you have ever seen these caricature portraits which feature members of the Royal Family and high ranking politicians, you would wonder how the artists managed to avoid being jailed, or worse, for drawing these cartoons.

To say they are cruel and hard-hitting is something of an understatement, which makes the fact that the artists avoided arrest all the more surprising. At a time when illiteracy levels were high, these caricature cartoons were an effective way of letting ordinary people know what their leaders were up to. Caricatures are still a powerful political weapon these days, but they are also increasingly popular when it comes to marking special occasions.

Caricature gifts are perfect for birthdays and other events, being a lasting reminder for those involved. Wedding caricatures are perfect for capturing the atmosphere of the big day, so why not think about ordering one for yourself or a friend who is about to get married? Have a look at the great selection of examples of Charlies work here on the website and order your own caricatures for any occasion.

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