On the ground floor of the Cartoon Museum - a transformed former dairy - the cartoons are displayed chronologically, starting with the early eighteenth-century when high-society types back from the Grand Tour introduced the Italian practice of the caricatura to polite society. From Hogarth the displays move on to British cartooning's 'golden age' (1770-1830). 'Modern times' covers political wartime cartoons and social commentary produced between 1914 and 1961. The 'new satire' section – works published from 1961 onwards – includes Ralph Steadman, Steve Bell, Dave Brown, Matt and others. Downstairs the artists' names are immediately recognisable; upstairs – where comic strip art from 2000AD, the Dandy and the Beano is displayed – is much more about the characters portrayed: Rupert the Bear, Dan Dare, Judge Dredd et al. The excellent shop is recommended, as is the library where – by appointment – you can search the catalogue of some 3,000 books. Children's animation workshops are held during school holidays.
|Venue name:||Cartoon Museum||Contact:|
35 Little Russell St
|Opening hours:||Mon-Sat 10.30am-5.30pm, Sun noon-5.30pm|
|Transport:||Tube: Holborn/Tottenham Court Rd|
|Price:||£7, £5 concs, £3 students, free under-18s|
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A great museum with a huge variety of different Cartoons on display. When I visited there was an exhibition of Ronald Searle's work that included a huge number of never before seen originals and rough drafts that allowed me to see the development of his technique and style over the years. A treat for children of all ages. :)
Wonderful displays of Britain's very special artform - laughing at ourselves and our leaders. Great sessions for kids as well. And a shop full of fun.
Have always loved cartoons from The Beano and Dandy , through to Punch ,Private , The New Yorker and The Oldie.
The particular fascination of The Cartoon Museum for me, is the opportunity to see original artwork , along with the corrections that you don't see with published work.
As a comic artist myself i have never found a venue that not only holds regular and exciting exhibitions and workshops geared specifically to the comic book fan BUT that alsonoffer practical hands on kids and adult workshops and holiday schemes which utilise the medium for both education both specifically within the comic book medium but also within a broader context that teaches childen and adults alike the skills of drawing, writing and the transference of these 2 skills into a visual narrative.