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A Book of Patriotic Prejudice

Book Review: Caricatures of the Peoples of the British Isles, by Tim Clayton
This was an impulse purchase from the British Museum shop apparently about a year ago, as it was issued to mark the 300th anniversary of the 1707 Act of Union. It's slim and of course the focus is on the pictures. As such, there's only a little written content. The principal artist featuring is Richard Newton, with contributions from various others, including Gillray and Hogarth. Interestingly, the caricatures of the English (here as elsewhere, often synonymous with "British") are largely by French artists, and those by English artists, though there is an element of self-deprecation, are quite often focused equally on French stereotypes.

A favourite from each section under the cuts:

Poor Sawney in Sweetbriars
Poor Sawney in Sweetbriars
Poor Sawney in Sweetbriars, by Richard Newton (1797)




An Artist Travelling in Wales
An Artist Travelling in Wales
An Artist Travelling in Wales, Heinrich Merke after Thomas Rowlandson (1799)




Geography Bewitched! or, a droll Caricature Map of Ireland
Geography Bewitched! or, a droll Caricature Map of Ireland
Geography Bewitched! or, a droll Caricature Map of Ireland, after Robert Dighton (1794)




French Liberty. British Slavery.
French Liberty. British Slavery.
French Liberty. British Slavery, by James Gillray (1792)


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