Broadsides: Caricature and the Navy 1775-1815, 2012-13 (past event)

The National Maritime Museum's Broadsides: Caricature and the Navy 1775-1815 exhibition explored the history of the Royal Navy through caricature.

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Our Broadsides: Caricature and the Navy 1775-1815 exhibition explored the history of the Royal Navy through the acerbic wit of caricature of that time. It was held at the National Maritime Museum from 19 Oct 2012 to 30 April 2013.

Overview of Broadsides: Caricature and the Navy 1775-1815

The late 18th to early 19th centuries was a period of intense naval activity that included the Seven Years War, the American War of Independence and the wars against Revolutionary and Napoleonic France. A new and popular form of graphic satire also emerged, as caricature developed into a highly sophisticated art form. Contemporary political and naval events were dissected with biting humour and a journalistic concern for current affairs.

A selection from the Museum’s extensive collection of caricatures was on show, highlighting important naval actions and personalities and presenting a unique perspective on the Navy’s place in British society and culture. In doing so, the exhibition also illuminated the continuing contemporary relevance of political caricature and graphic satire.

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