Comedy and Commentary exhibition at Mottisfont

Baggage Reclaim, A cartoon illustration by Bill Stott

This exhibition ran from January - April 2022 and has now finished.

Normal property admission price only (free for National Trust and Art Fund members). For visitors unable to access the second floor gallery, we have digital versions of exhibitions on iPads which are available on lower levels.

This second edition of our popular exhibition showcases comedic works from newspapers and satirical magazines. A unique new collection of over 60 illustrations demonstrates a wide range of social preoccupations and plenty of humour. Simple jokes raise a smile while sharp satire provides perspective on current affairs. 

The exhibition evokes Britain’s long history of pithy political commentary, exploring issues from the 1800s to the present. You’ll see works by some of the best cartoonists working today, including Matt and McLachlan, alongside old favourites Thelwell, E H Shepard and William Heath Robinson.

Our exhibition includes classic cartoons by artists such as Norman Thelwell
I resolve to be a good boy, a cartoon illustration by Norman Thelwell
Our exhibition includes classic cartoons by artists such as Norman Thelwell


There are plenty of topical characters and situations on show, from the Prime Minister to the pandemic. But it’s not all politics – there are plenty of light-hearted moments just for laughter.

All artworks are for sale - please contact the Chris Beetles gallery for more information.