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Broadsides: Caricature and the Navy - Exhibition

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Satirising The Royal Navy
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Explore the history of the Royal Navy through caricature at the Broadsides exhibition, which is open until the 3rd February at the Maritime Museum. You will learn about the naval history between the time of 1775-1815 through the acerbic caricatures of witty cartoonists from that period. Caricatures were becoming popular in newspapers during the late 18th century, and this new form of satire had plenty of material to work with when it came to the Royal Navy, who were were engaged in many conflicts. There was the Seven Years War, the American War of Independence, and the bloody skirmishes of the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars.

As well as highlighting the politics of the time, the exhibition also sheds light on our own contemporary form of political satire that continues in caricatures today.

Alongside the exhibition there will be two accompanying free talks taking place on the 3rd & 10th January at 3pm. In these free talks, Naval History curator, James Davey, will outline the history of satirical print-making and explain why it was so popular. He will then give a detailed tour of the prints on display.
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Why? View history with humour
When: Until 3rd Feb
Phone: 44 (0)20 8858 4422
Where: Royal Maritime Museum
Cost: Free
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