image for Exhibition item typeThe Golden Age of Satire at Pontefract Museum

Exhibition, Sat 11 May - Sat 20 Jul 2019, free entry

© The Trustees of the British Museum

© The Trustees of the British Museum


Wakefield Castles & Museums Team


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The Golden Age of Satire? Late Georgian Satirical Prints
A British Museum Partnership Spotlight Loan
Generously supported by the Dorset Foundation in memory of Harry M Weinrebe

Pontefract Museum is delighted to host Wakefield District’s first collaboration with the British Museum. The exhibition features nine late Georgian prints from the British Museum’s collection. The prints cruelly mock 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 these prints are by the most talented, prolific and vicious satirists from that time. Many of the prints featured in the British Museum’s major 2018 exhibition I Object: Ian Hislop’s search for dissent.

Pontefract features in one of the prints and was no stranger to Georgian satire. The exhibition will also include a copy of The Dunniad, a mid-Georgian satirical book on Pontefract politics, along with other more recent material.

Please note that Georgian satire was sometimes crude as well as cruel.

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Event details

Dates Times
Sat 11 May - Sat 20 Jul 2019


Free entry

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Map reference: SE 455219  Lat: 53.69156 Long: -1.31243

By Road:
Jct32 M62
Follow signs for Pontefract Town Centre.
Museum is on the precinct, next to Pontefract Library

By Public Transport:
Nearest train station: Tanshelf Railway Station
Nearest bus station: Pontefract Bus Station


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