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  • From The Beano 10 December 1995 When the Bell Rings a comic strip

    When the Bell Rings
    The Beano 10 December 1955

    © DC Thomson & Co. Ltd Original Artwork by Leo Baxendale

  • David Shrigley untitled 2000 drawing of a mans smiling face and the the text ha repeated underneath

    David Shrigley
    Untitled 2000

    © Courtesy the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London

  • William Hogarth Characters and Caricatures April 1743 drawing of many different heads in profile filling the page

    William Hogarth
    Characters and Caricatures April 1743

    Andrew Edmunds, London

The works brought together in this first room highlight the assortment of media, techniques, styles and artistic strategies to be seen in the exhibition as a whole. You can see allegorical and caricature images from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, ceramics and mass-produced prints from the nineteenth century, and early comic books and comic strips, as well as contemporary artworks in various media. Together, they demonstrate the sheer variety and range of British comic art over history.