Hogarth to Spitting Image: A History of British Visual Satire


This lecture series will explore aspects of the rich history of visual satire and caricature in Britain.

We will begin by looking at the bawdy social and moral ‘progresses’ of Hogarth, before progressing to the scabrous and scurrilous political caricatures of the Georgian era – the art of Gillray and Rowlandson. Attention will then turn to the evolution of political cartoons during the Victorian period, from Cruikshank to Tenniel. This will pave the way for an evaluation of 20th-century political cartoons, culminating with first hand recollections of the latex lampoonery of ‘Spitting Image’.

Themes and questions to be addressed will include the issue of the ‘taming’ of political caricature during the Victorian period and the ongoing question of how, and indeed whether political caricature and visual satire can continue to advance today in an era of media fragmentation and growing ideological and religious intolerance.

Programme details

Wednesdays, 2–3.30pm GMT (UTC)

For those attending in person at Rewley House, registration takes place from 1.30pm before the first lecture (25 January 2023). Tea and coffee are provided in the Common Room after each lecture, from 3.30pm.

For those joining us online, please join in good time before each lecture to ensure that you have no connection problems. We recommend joining 10-15 minutes before the start time. 

Each lecture will run for approximately 60 minutes followed by a Q&A lasting up to 30 minutes depending on audience participation.

Wednesday 25 January

Introduction: Visual Satire in Britain From Engravings to the Internet
David Morgan / Paul Clark

Wednesday 1 February

Hogarth and Visual Satire
David Morgan

Wednesday 8 February

Gillray and Rowlandson: Regency Caricature
David Morgan

Wednesday 15 February

Cruikshank to Tenniel: the ‘Vignette’ Caricature
David Morgan

Wednesday 22 February

World Wars & the Welfare State: 20th Century Political Cartoons
David Morgan / Paul Clark

Wednesday 1 March

‘Spitting Image’ and Beyond: the Present and Future of Visual Satire
Paul Clark


Description Costs
Tuition - in-person attendance (includes tea/coffee) £130.00
Tuition - virtual attendance £115.00


If you are in receipt of a UK state benefit or are a full-time student in the UK you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

Concessionary fees for short courses


Dr David Morgan


David Morgan has taught art and architectural history for the Department since 2004. He has also taught courses for Birkbeck College, University of London, and for the WEA. His recent publications have centred upon the history of British visual satire.

Mr Paul Clark


Paul Clark is a writer/director/producer, best known for work including sketches and songs for Spitting Image and Rory Bremner. Other programmes include the 50 Greatest Comedy Sketches, 30 Greatest Political Comedies and Becoming The Beatles. He gained a Degree by Independent Study that looked at satirical comedy. He is currently working on a nordic noir-inspired thriller series and chapters for two new books on satire and Scandinavian drama.

IT requirements

For those joining us online

We will be using Zoom for the livestreaming of this course. If you’re attending online, you’ll be able to see and hear the speakers, and to submit questions via the Zoom interface. Joining instructions will be sent out prior to the start date. We recommend that you join the session at least 10-15 minutes prior to the start time – just as you might arrive a bit early at our lecture theatre for an in-person event.

Please note that this course will not be recorded.