Cartoons are more than squiggly lines or pictures of cuddly creatures. A cruel stroke of the caricaturist’s pen could haunt a politician’s career. A deceptively simple comic could help illustrate complex issues that few official reports could accomplish.
The Cartoon Museum, situated just a few minutes from the British Museum, shares the joy and the impact cartoons and comics can have on its viewers. While many cartoons entertain readers in comic books, other forms of the visual art can educate and drive people to action (who can forget Hogarth’s ‘Gin Lane‘).
At times wandering around the museum feels like you’re taking a peek inside a cartoonist’s house with prints and framed cartoons scattered lovingly around the house. I think this is a major part of the museum’s charm – it invites you in to take a closer look at the art form you thought you already knew but shows the rich history behind the drawings.
The latest temporary exhibition features Hogarth and studies his complex relationship with London. Why not check out the iconic images for yourself?