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Graphic Satire in Eighteenth-Century Britain at the Courtauld Institute of Art

May 14, 2018

I shall be teaching a new Special Option course for third-year undergraduates at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London from October 2018. Here’s a brief outline…. Graphic Satire in Eighteenth-Century Britain Dr Kate Grandjouan This course investigates one hundred years of graphic satire – a vigorous, reactive and humorous art form that flourished in… Read More ›

Visiting Fellowship at the Louis Walpole Library August-September 2017

I started my fellowship in Farmington one week early. I was traveling from Tel Aviv and I wanted to make sure that getting over jet-lag, orientating myself with the on-site materials and practical things like renting a car would not impinge on the precious research time. It turned out to be a good idea: by… Read More ›

Early Modern Satire: Themes Re-Evaluations and Practices, University of Gothenburg, 2-4th November 2017

This was a three-day conference on Early Modern Satire at the University of Gothenburg. My talk addressed inter-mediality in graphic satire and took as an example a series of prints published in London in the late 1730s. Some of these attacked Walpole’s government, others defended it but all of them used animals.  The paper explored the… Read More ›

‘Super Size Caricature’ published in British Art Studies Issue 4

Super-size Caricature: Thomas Rowlandson’s Place des Victoires at the Society of Artists in 1783 Abstract The article analyses an ambitious caricature of the French that Thomas Rowlandson (1757-1827) exhibited in London in 1783. The broader context for the discussion is provided by several ideas that have been important to recent histories of British art, notably the rise of… Read More ›

Publication news

La caricature et la « déqualification » de l’art: le cas de Henry Bunbury (1750-1810) et de Thomas Rowlandson (1756-1827) This paper will be featuring in a volume of essays on visual satire that will be published in 2018 in a digital format. The project results from two conferences on satirical imagery that were held in Canada and France in 2014-15 (L’Histoire de… Read More ›

Making Britain Modern

Invited speaker for a conference celebrating the scholarship of Professor David H. Solkin and his outstanding contribution to the study of British art and which will be held at the Courtauld Institute of Art on July 2nd. Over the course of the day, Kay Dian Kriz, Meredith Gamer, Matthew Hargraves, Joseph Monteyne, John Chu, Richard… Read More ›

High Spirits: The Comic Art of Thomas Rowlandson

A superb exhibition is currently showing at the Queen’s Gallery in London. It is curated by Kate Heard, Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Royal Collection and displays a great selection of the Rowlandson prints and drawings from the Windsor Castle collection. The catalogue is fantastic too with huge full-page illustrations with lots of colour and… Read More ›

Rowlandson and After: Rethinking Graphic Satire

Invited speaker for a study day on British graphic satire that is being co-organised by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London and the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace. The symposium also coincides with a new exhibition on the art of Thomas Rowlandson called High Spirits: The Comic Art of Thomas Rowlandson. For more information… Read More ›

Summer School at the Courtauld Institute of Art, July 2015

Modern Britain : Painting, Print-Culture and Patronage in the Eighteenth Century Dr Kate Grandjouan 20-24th July 2015 Visit to the Royal Society of Arts, Friday 24th July 2015 Course Description During the eighteenth century, British society was radically transformed by what was, in effect, a consumer revolution. Many quintessentially modern phenomena originate in the period : mass… Read More ›

James Gillray@200: Caricaturist without a Conscience?

Saturday 28th-Sunday 29th March 2015, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, England Abstract: ‘Gillray’s French jokes: the ‘sick-list’ casualties of the 1790s’ For artists like James Gillray, churning out satirical images of the French in the 1790s was a necessary duty, and even more so for someone who, from 1798, was a salaried illustrator for the Anti-Jacobite Review…. Read More ›

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Art historian of eighteenth century British art writing a book about depictions of the French in English graphic satire. Currently based in Tel Aviv and interested in art, satire, ethnicity and identity

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