Room 1: British Comic Art

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.