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  • Gerald Scarfe Belgrano Nightmare Thatcher Wakes Screaming 1982 a figure in bed with a huge hooked nose and curlers in her hair awakens screaming as a monster emerges from a burning battle ship

    Gerald Scarfe
    Belgrano Nightmare – Thatcher Wakes Screaming 1982

    House of Commons Collection
    © Gerald Scarfe

  • James Gillray The Giant Factotum Amusing Himself 1797 a giant man surrounded by and stepping on little people

    James Gillray
    The Giant Factotum Amusing Himself 1797

    Andrew Edmunds, London

  • Roger Law Thatcha Ten Years of the Dragon 1989 caricature of Margaret Thatcher carving a peice of meat shaped like the united kingdom from a globe

    Roger Law
    Thatcha! – Ten Years of the Dragon 1989

    Spitting Image Workshop
    © Spitting Image

  • Chamber pot with head of Napoleon c1805 ceramic chamber pot with a bust of napoleon inside

    Chamber pot with head of Napoleon c.1805

    Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove

  • James Gillray The Plum pudding in Danger  or  State Epicures taking Un Petit Souper 1805

    James Gillray
    The Plum-pudding in Danger; - or - State Epicures taking Un Petit Souper 1805

    Andrew Edmunds, London

  • kennardphillipps Photo Op 2007 Tony Blair taking a picture of himself on a mobile phone against the backdrop of smoke and flames

    kennardphillipps
    Photo Op 2007

    © kennardphillipps

Since the eighteenth century political caricature has had a very visible role in British public life, with politicians, royalty and celebrities being lampooned in comic prints, cartoons and newspaper strips.

The works in this room focus on a series of individuals who have been caricatured in particularly effective forms – Fox and Pitt in the eighteenth century, Napoleon, Gladstone and Disraeli in the nineteenth century, Hitler in the 1930s and 1940s, and Margaret Thatcher, John Major and Tony Blair in our own times.

Acting as our host for this room, caricaturist Gerald Scarfe offers his own versions of some of these figures, and gives us some insights into the art of caricature.