Print Shop Window: an exhibition of visual satire

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Print Shop Window: An Exhibition of Visual Satire explores the power of cartoons to satirise public figures and stimulate political debate.

Gallery opening hours
Monday 10:00 - 16:30
Tuesday 10:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:30
Thursday 10:00 - 19:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:30
Saturday 10:00 - 16:30
Sunday 12:00 -16:00

Set during the reign of George III, the ‘Golden Age of Caricature’, the exhibition draws on a lively selection of satirical prints and material from the Special Collections, featuring examples of caricatures by the artists William Hogarth, James Gillray and George Cruikshank.

The exhibition explores the Georgian political landscape, social issues, fashion and stereotypes. It highlights artists who pushed the boundaries of taste and etiquette for comic and satirical purposes, and offered a powerful medium through which to test ideas of the freedom of speech.

Modern satirical cartoons published in newspapers and magazines, such as the work of Gerald Scarfe and Steve Bell, continue to adopt this irreverent approach:  taking familiar imagery and inverting it to shock, amuse, and challenge contemporary issues.

Gallery, Ground Floor, The Sir Duncan Rice Library, Bedford Road, Aberdeen.

Scott Byrne, Exhibition and Programming Officer