The golden age of satire? Late-Georgian satirical prints

Saturday 27 Jul - Sun 6 Oct

A British Museum Spotlight Loan:
The golden age of satire? Late-Georgian satirical prints
Saturday 27 July - Sunday 6 October 2019


Within this spotlight exhibition in the King Charles II Bedroom, Newstead Abbey presents nine late Georgian prints from the British Museum’s collection. The prints cruelly mocked King George III and his dissolute sons in the period 1790–1820. This time is often referred to as the ‘golden age of satire’ and the prints on display are by the most talented, prolific and vicious satirists from that time, including Gillray, Cruikshank, Rowlandson and Newton.  Many of the prints featured in the British Museum’s major 2018 exhibition I Object: Ian Hislop’s search for dissent.

Within the context of Newstead Abbey, The Golden Age of Satire? is an illustrative reflection of Political opinion of the Late-Georgian period, which in turn echoes some of Lord Byron’s own criticisms and opinions during his lifetime - particularly his unique and irresistible way of speaking his mind.

This is exhibition is free, but normal entry charges apply.  Please see our 'Visit' pages for opening times and seasonal changes.

Image: James Gillray (1756-1815), A voluptuary under the horrors of digestion, 1792, hand-coloured etching © The Trustees of the British Museum

You can now listen to an audio recording of our evening with Tom Hockenhull and Ian Hislop on Soundcloud (above)


An Evening with Ian Hislop & Tom Huckenhull
TV personality, writer and journalist Ian Hislop, and British Museum Curator Tom Huckenhull will give a provate tour and insight to the exhibition at a special evening of discussion.

Thursday 25th July 2019, 7-9pm

***SOLD OUT***


Objects of Ridicule: The “Golden Age” of Satire

An illustrated talk by Dr. Richard Gaunt, University of Nottingham

Wednesday 4 September, 7pm

Booking details HERE