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SPARTA ‘Biting’ Political Satire: cartoon etchings in Regency Britain with Jasper Jennings, OP 1991-96

06 MAY 2021


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During this period of rapid industrialization and urbanization, how did caricaturists respond to war with revolutionary France in 1793 and rising popular demand for reforms? Only in Britain did the combination of freedom of expression, factional politics and a receptive market allow their talents to flourish.

Jasper Jennings OP (1991- 96) will explore the impact of satirical cartoons upon contemporary viewers and political debate, within and outside Westminster. He will consider how they were marketed and consumed, and the artistic legacy of the likes of James Gillray. How should 21st century audiences engage with these humorous but often challenging images?

Jasper’s talk will be illuminated by museum-quality impressions as well as a few prints that passed through his hands when he was a professional dealer.

About Jasper Jennings:

After graduating in History, Jasper joined a shop selling old and rare prints and books in Covent Garden, where he became fascinated by the multifarious products of the printing press and bits of old paper. In 2008 he started trading independently and offering freelance broking, valuation and cataloguing services.

Jasper has now swapped trading in old prints for talking about their wider significance to the history of art and civilisation. He has written on all aspects of the market in printed collectables for trade and heritage publications.

Feature Image – © The Trustees of the British Museum.

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