The art of caricature – a simplified or exaggerated image, intended to amuse or to make a political point – has a long history stretching back at least to Roman times. The late 18th century in Britain is known as the ’Golden Age’ of satirical caricature, when the likes of Cruikshank, Gilray, and Rowlandson lampooned contemporary society, the royal family, and the political classes. Their legacy was continued in the 19th century in magazines, most famously Punch.

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