History of Cartoons

(Note: Second Monday)

10am for 10.30am

Our opening speaker will be Jackie from Jackie's Drop in Centre, the centre in Letchworth for those with disabilities.

Our main speaker, Ian Keable, will entertain us with History of Cartoons: from William Hogarth to Private Eye

The first time the word cartoon was used in the sense that we know it today was in 1843 in Punch magazine.  But the employment of satire, caricature, speech bubbles and the writing of captions had been around long before then.  In this talk Ian tracks the early stages of cartoons (in the form of satirical prints) and how, through the works of Hogarth and James Gillray, they gradually evolved into the familiar format of today’s newspapers and magazines.  Copious illustrations abound  from the masters of their craft such as John Tenniel, John Leech, David Low, Vicky, Ronald Searle, Heath Robinson, Giles and, bringing it right up to date, with Gerald Scarfe, Steven Bell and Peter Brookes.

We meet in the Kincaid Hall, Letchworth Settlement, Nevells Road SG6 4UB. Parking is available on site; free parking is also available by the outdoor swimming pool a few minutes’ walk away.

£3 members, £5 non-members (membership available on the door). Tea/coffee is available before the talk, £1 per mug. Payment is by CASH ONLY.


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