Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

Titel:
A history of caricature and grotesque in literature and art
Person:
Wright, Thomas Fairholt, Frederick William
Persistente ID:
urn:nbn:de:gbv:wim2-g-1429385
PURL:
https://digitalesammlungen.uni-weimar.de/viewer/resolver?urn=urn:nbn:de:gbv:wim2-g-1433540
CHAPTER 
XXI. 
EARLY POLITICAL CARICATURE IN  SATIRICAL WRITINGS 
AND PICTURES OF THE COMMONWEALTH  AGAINST 
       
SIR JOHN  ROARING BOYS; VIOLENCE OF THE 
ROYALIST SOLDIERS.iCONTEST BETWEEN THE PRESBYTERIANS AND 
     
AS THE MEDIUM FOR CARICATURE; I-IASELRIGGE AND LAMBER'I'.i 
SI-IROVETIDE. 
I)URING the iixteenth century caricature can hardly be [aid to have 
exifted in England, and it did not come much into fafhion, until the 
approach of the great Itruggle which convulfed our country in the century 
following. The popular reformers have always been the Brit to appreciate 
the value of pictorial fatire as an offenfive weapon. Such was the cale 
with the German reformers in the age of Luther; as it was again with 
the Englilh reformers in the days of Charles I., a period which we may 
jutily coniider as that of the birth of Englifh political caricature. From 
1640 to 166i the prefs launched forth an abfolute deluge of political 
pamphlets, many of which were of a fatirical charaeter, fcurrilous in form 
and language, and, on whatever Ede they were written, very unfcrupulous 
in regard to the truth of their ftatements. Among them appeared a not 
unfrequent engraving, feldom well executed, whether on copper or wood, 
but difplaying a coarfe and pungent wit that mutt have told with great 
effeet on thofe for whom it was intended. The {irit objeets of attack in 
thefe caricatures were the Epifcopalian party in the church and the 
profanenefs and infolence of the cavaliers. The Puritans or Pretbyterians 
who took the lead in, and at hrfl directed, the great political movement, 
looked upon Epifcopalianifm as differing in little from popery, and, at all 
events, as leading direct to it. Arminianifm was with them only another 
name
        

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