Lèse Majesté - Birrtish Royalty in Caricature: The other side of the Coin
Talk | The Society of Antiquaries of London
Tuesday 15 November 2011 - 14:30 until 16:00
This is the fifth and final talk in this series held at the Society of Antiquaries of London.
This talk, by Anita O'Brien looks at the changing fortunes of the British Royal family in caricature, from George III to Prince William and his new bride. The Georgian period was characterised by the bawdy and mocking prints of James Gilray and Thomas Rowlandson, which in turn gave way to increasingly respectful representations of royalty during the Victorian period.
This attitude continued well into the 20th century, and it is only in the last few decades that the royal family has once more become fair game. The changing history of royal caricature tells us as much about British society as it does about the royals themselves.