Defining John Bull: Political Caricature and National by Tamara L. Hunt

By Tamara L. Hunt

overdue Georgian England used to be a interval of significant social and political switch, but even if this used to be for strong or for unwell used to be certainly not transparent to many Britons. In such an period of innovation and revolution, Britons confronted the duty of identifying which beliefs, pursuits and attitudes such a lot heavily equipped their very own perception of the kingdom for which they struggled and fought; the controversies of the period therefore compelled usual humans to outline an id that they believed embodied the appropriate of 'Britishness' to which they can adhere during this interval of uncertainty. Defining John Bull demonstrates that sketch performed an essential function during this redefinition of what it intended to be British. in the course of the reign of George III, the public's expanding curiosity in political controversies intended that satirists grew to become their cognizance to the participants and concerns concerned. considering this lengthy reign was once marked by means of political crises, either overseas and household, caricaturists spoke back with an outpouring of labor that led the period to be known as the 'golden age' of comic strip. hence, many and sundry prints, produced in line with public calls for and delicate to public attitudes, supply greater than easily a checklist of what Britons throughout the overdue Georgian period. within the face of household and overseas demanding situations that threatened to shake the very foundations of present social and political constructions, the general public struggled to spot these beliefs, traits and features that appeared to shape the root of British society and tradition, and that have been the bedrock upon which the British polity rested. throughout the process this debate, the iconography used to depict it in picture satire replaced to mirror shifts in or the redefinition of latest beliefs. hence, sketch produced throughout the reign of George III got here to visually exhibit new innovations of Britishness.

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