|June 29, 2011||to||November 9, 2011|
Currently on display at Brighton Museum Prints & Drawings gallery, this wonderful selection of caricatures focuses on George IV in his roles as Prince of Wales, Prince Regent and King. George IV’s extravagant lifestyle and portly physique made him a magnet for caricaturists during the golden age of political satire; these colourful prints provide astute insights into the politics, dress, manners and social life of the Regency period. Contemporary caricaturists such as James Gillray and George Cruikshank portrayed the Monarch and his ministers, family, friends and mistresses with savage wit.
The display is grouped under three main themes: Women, Politics and Patronage. The Women section includes prints of George’s illegal marriage to Mrs Maria Fitzherbert, his official marriage to Princess Caroline of Brunswick and his many lovers. Politics examines the affairs of state in George’s day, and his notorious use of public funds to support his lifestyle. Patronage portrays George IV’s architectural projects, and his interests in fashion and art. The caricatures in the centre case illustrate the important period from 1820 to 1821 when George IV became King and was struggling to divorce Queen Caroline of Brunswick.
Brighton Museum & Art Gallery
Entrance in Royal Pavilion Gardens, Brighton BN1 1EE
Open: Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm