British cartoon & comic art from the 18th century to the present day

04 November 2015 - 17 January 2016

An exhibition of caricatures of James Gillray and cartoonists inspired by him to mark the 200th anniversary of his death.

On 1 June 1815, the caricaturist James Gillray died above a print shop in St James’s Street. Despite having created nearly a thousand prints about the foremost events and figures of his times, his death passed almost without notice.

Two hundred years after his death, James Gillray is once more revered as the father of political cartooning. Gillray’s Ghost shows almost seventy works, including a selection of some of Gillray’s most influential prints alongside Gillray-inspired works by, amongst others, Leslie Illingworth, ‘Vicky’ (Victor Weisz), Nicholas Garland, Peter Brookes, Steve Bell, Peter Schrank, Dave Brown, Martin Rowson, Chris Duggan, and Morten Morland.

This exhibition displayed the brilliance of Gillray's imagination and the incisiveness of his wit, qualities that have made him the ‘Old Master’ of today’s leading satirical artists.