The Transformation of Caricature: A Reading of Gillray's The Liberty of the Subject

  title={The Transformation of Caricature: A Reading of Gillray's The Liberty of the Subject},
  author={Ian Haywood},
  journal={Eighteenth-Century Studies},
  pages={223 - 242}
  • I. Haywood
  • Published 6 January 2010
  • Art
  • Eighteenth-Century Studies
James Gillray's The Liberty of the Subject (1779) introduced a new visual power and sophistication into English caricature. At first sight the print appears to be an ambivalent response to press-ganging, depicting both victims and oppressors in a grotesque mode, but I will argue that these visual distortions reflect a popular perception that the press gang represented an ugly contortion of English liberty. I will also argue that the print's focus on female violence is a clue to its… 

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