The Golden Age of Satire? Late Georgian Satirical Prints
A British Museum Partnership Spotlight Loan
Generously supported by the Dorset Foundation in memory of Harry M Weinrebe
Pontefract Museum is delighted to host Wakefield District’s first collaboration with the British Museum. The exhibition features nine late Georgian prints the British Museum’s collection. The prints cruelly mock King George III and his dissolute sons in the period 1790–1820. This time is often referred to as the golden age of satire and these prints are by the most talented, prolific and vicious satirists from that time. Many of the prints featured in the British Museum’s major 2018 exhibition I Object: Ian Hislop’s search for dissent.
Pontefract features in one of the prints and was no stranger to Georgian satire. The exhibition will also include a copy of The Dunniad, a mid-Georgian satirical book on Pontefract politics, along with other more recent material.
Please note that Georgian satire was sometimes crude as well as cruel.