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July 6, 2010

Cartoon Caricatures: A Brief History

Filed under: cartoon caricatures — Tags: , , , — Charlie Anson @ 1:13 pm

The word ‘caricatures’ has its origins in the Italian verb meaning to charge or to load, and so literally means a ‘loaded portrait.’ Essentially, cartoon caricatures exaggerate or distort the essence of a person to create a visual likeness which can easily be identified.

In literature, a caricature is a description of a person using exaggeration of some characteristics and oversimplification of others.

An early definition of the term can be found in the English doctor Thomas Browne’s work Christian Morals, published posthumously nearly 300 years ago in 1716.

Genuine cartoon caricatures are often said to depict real-life people, not fictional characters. Caricatures of politicians are commonly used in newspapers, and they can be insulting or complimentary and serve a political purpose or be drawn purely to entertain.

Caricature Gifts from Charlie’s Cartoons

If you’re looking for caricature gifts, make us at Charlie’s Cartoons your first port of call. You could use our custom caricatures for any family occasion, from a wedding to a special birthday or other anniversary.

Just send us a couple of photos, along with details or anecdotes about the person or people you want drawn. And we’ll turn them into custom caricatures! All our caricature gifts are hand drawn and painted, framed, delivered and ready to present as an unusual, personalised gift to be treasured for many years to come.

See our website for samples of our work, and read testimonials from people who have already been delighted by our service.

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