British Cartoons – Still Funny 200 Years Later

The Philadelphia Museum of Art has a special exhibit going on – Biting Wit & Brazen Folly: British Satirical Prints from 1780 – 1830. These caricatures poke fun at the rich, the poor, and everyone in between. But I prefer to call them cartoons. I bet some will make you smile and glad you are living in 2018 and not 1818. Below is a small selection to tempt you to see the complete exhibit.

Back then, ladies didn’t have it easy:


But men didn’t either:


Cartoons were admired, but watch your pockets:


Modern steam travel was hazardous:


The Thames river was a contaminated primordial soup:


But somehow ‘mermaids’ managed.


And getting lost in a novel was like today – dangerous!


This fascinating exhibit ends on August 22nd. Consider doing what the locals do – go on a Friday night when the museum features live bands, creative food, and fun cocktails in their grand entrance hall with European tapestries hanging overhead. Almost like a trip to Europe but cheaper!

My novel Aquavit shouldn’t cause a kitchen explosion! But if you get lost in it, that was part of my master plan.


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