Wolfson Fine Arts - Current Exhibitions

Political Satire at Wolfson

1 September to 30 September, 2018
Saturdays and Sundays, 3-5pm

This exhibition in the Combination Room features 21 prints by four of the most important satirists of the period – Isaac Cruikshank (1764 -1811), William Heath (1794-1840), Thomas Rowlandson (1756-1827), and Charles Williams (1796-1830). Three subjects dominate the satires: the Duke of York’s affair with Mrs Mary Anne Clarke; George IV’s efforts to divorce Caroline of Brunswick; and Napoleon’s ambitions in Europe. All of the satires are hand-coloured etchings and would have been sold by one of London’s many print publishers. The law features prominently in the prints which provide an overview of political satire produced in Britain during the first quarter of the nineteenth century. The satires are on loan from The Right Honourable Lord Collins of Mapesbury , Fellow of Wolfson since 1975, who was appointed a High Court Judge in 2000 and has also served as Lord Justice of Appeal, Lord of Appeal in Ordinary and, most recently, Justice of the Supreme Court.

(above) Detail of Thomas Rowlandson, Friends & Foes—Up He Goes - Sending the Corsican Munchausen to St Cloud's, 1813, hand-coloured etching

(below) Thomas Rowlandson after John Nixon, New Invented Elastic Breeches, 1784, hand-coloured etching

This exhibition is curated by Dr Meredith Hale, Fellow, Wolfson College.

Wolfson Fine Arts organises a series of temporary exhibitions in College, which are open to the general public when the rooms are not otherwise in use by the College. Please call 01223 335900 in advance of your visit to avoid disappointment.

The Wolfson collection of oil paintings can be found on the ArtUK website.