By James Davey & Richard Johns
Broadsides explores the history of the Royal Navy during the second half of the eighteenth century through the lens of contemporary caricature. This book presents a unique perspective on the navy’s place in British society and culture through the combined historical and art-historical expertise of the authors. Beautifully illustrated throughout, Broadsides includes well-known images and a selection of previously unseen prints from the National Maritime Museum’s collection, ranging from politically calculating satire to bawdy representations of the drunken sailor, from artists including Gillray, Rowlandson and Cruikshank. With contextual information alongside detailed analysis of individual prints, this book sheds new light on some of the most celebrated images of the age.
This publication is to accompany an exhibition at the National Maritime Museum on Broadsides opening in October 2012.
James Davey is Curator of Naval History and Richard Johns is Curator of Prints and Drawings at the National Maritime Museum.
Paperback: ISBN 978-1-84832-146-5