Morgan, David: "The Crown and the Crowd. Sublimations of Monarchy in Georgian Satirical Prints." In: European Comic Art 9.1 (2016), S. 63–87.
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Keywords: Caricature, Politics, Randformen des Comics, Satire, United Kingdom
Collection: European Comic Art
This article attempts to account for an apparently wholesale reversal in the visual satirical treatment of the British Crown and its incumbents during the later Georgian and Victorian eras. Using a range of prints from across the Georgian era, some of which have not hitherto been widely published, I argue that the rise of modern parliamentary politics on the one hand, and the threat of war and invasion on the other, created a satirical environment in which the institution of the Crown became effectively sublimated in terms of popular perception; at the same time, the figure of the king himself, his ‘body natural’, became dissociated from the institution that he nominally embodied, such that he could safely be visually lampooned in the manner associated with Gillray and other visual satirists of his generation.
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