Love Bites: Caricatures by James Gillray
26 March – 21 June 2015
Marking the 200th anniversary of the death of the British caricaturist, who Napoleon bemoaned 'did more than all the armies of Europe' to bring him down.
Trained at the Royal Academy, James Gillray was among the first generation of artists to stake their career on caricature. The sketches he produced were so technically accomplished they were admired as works of art in their own right. He produced more than a 1,000 prints over his lifetime, responding to – but also creating – controversies of the day.
His work was considered as having great political influence. As well as producing powerful anti-French propaganda that ridiculed Napoleon, he was congratulated by a Tory Lord for having 'been of infinite service in lowering [the Whigs] and making them look ridiculous'. However Gillray was prone to satirise members across the political spectrum, with King George III facing his most scathing criticism. This exhibition includes 60 of Gillray's finest works.