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.

Karen Stensgaard is the author of the novel AQUAVIT, the first book in the Aquamarine Sea Series with a second novel on the way soon. AQUAVIT is available as a paperback from Amazon and Ingram Spark or as an e-book from almost everyone else. Libraries have free access via Overdrive.  Link to free chapters on Amazon


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