Richard Newton and English Caricature in the 1790s

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Manchester University Press, 1998 - Art - 178 pages
This book marks the rediscovery, in the bicentenary year of his death in 1798, of a master of the burlesque, the caricaturist Richard Newton, who was soon forgotten, in part because of the bawdy nature of many of his prints. From the age of fourteen until his early death at twenty-one, this young Londoner etched a stream of hilarious satires of royalty, politicians, greedy churchmen, actresses and courtesans. Most of his prints were published by William Holland, a man of literary tastes who wrote the clever dialogues on many of the prints; some of Newton's most fascinating prints are those of Holland and fellow prisoners in Newgate where Holland was imprisoned for his radical activities in 1793-4. The book contains a checklist of three hundred single sheet prints by Newton; sixty are illustrated in colour, together with four of his watercolours.
 

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Contents

Foreword Professor Diana Donald
4
The development of the satirical print in England
10
The rise of William Holland
16
Newtons first years with Holland
24
Newton during Hollands imprisonment 17934
34
The mainstay of Hollands business 17946
42
Newton as an independent publisher 17978
49
Newtons posthumous reputation
55
Colour plates 66
115
Chronological checklist of prints by and after Newton
140
Chronology of events in Newtons liletime
170
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David Alexander has written extensively on eighteenth-century prints and is a member of the editorial board of "Print Quarterly" and Honorary Keeper of British Prints at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

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