Comedy and Commentary exhibition at Mottisfont
18 January - 19 April, 11am-5pm: discover witty works from some of Britain's best cartoonists, in a new art exhibition that explores the distinguished history of British cartooning.
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.
From political commentary to light-hearted fun, this new exhibition is guaranteed to raise a smile over the winter months. Over 60 illustrations demonstrate a wide range of social and political preoccupations, artistic styles, and – of course – humour, from the satirical to the side-splitting.
Britain has a long history of comic art that caricatures individuals, mocks social types and satirises political situations. Now, the quick wit of cartoon images is a staple of the British press.
Our exhibition features funny, beautifully drawn works from the likes of Matt of the Telegraph, Ed McLachlan and Mike Williams of Private Eye. You'll find plenty of topical characters featured, including Boris Johnson and Donald Trump.
But it's not all politics, and there are plenty of light-hearted moments that will simply make you laugh. Look out for cartoons by artists previously exhibited in our gallery, such as Norman Thelwell and Heath Robinson.
More contemporary cartoons are set alongside classic and historic works, dating back to the 18th century. Discover works by the most timeless of past masters, including John Tenniel, William Heath Robinson, and Ronald Searle.