The Georgian period (1714 - 1830) was a time of great change within British society. Fashion and manners became more refined, yet there was also an increase in gin drinking. The Industrial Revolution led to more crowded towns and cities and disease spread rapidly. Much of this is reflected in the satirical prints and caricatures of the era. The rise of satire and caricature in the Georgian era was fed by a quiet revolution in publishing and printing which encompassed new printing technologies, new publishers and more great artists producing prints. The exhibition includes examples by some of the most famous artists and publishers of this golden age of satire, including the Cruikshanks and William Heath. The images lampoon a royal duchess, Bath society, quack doctors and inventions. Prints were also produced of celebrities of the day.
Sat 18 January to Sun 01 March, The exhibition is open when the Museum is open. Mon, Tues, Thur, Fri 9am to 5pm,