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Object: Caesar's first invasion of Britain.
Series: The Prize Cartoons
Tumultuous scene with Caesar's boat being pulled in to land, ancient Britons attacking from right, other boats on the sea beyond; the cliffs of Dover in the distance at right; after the cartoon by Armitage submitted to the Westminster Hall exhibition of 1843. 1847
Lithograph with ochre tint-stone on chine collé
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Height: 429 millimetres
Width: 577 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- In 1843 a 'competition in cartoons' was held by the Royal Commission on the Fine Arts, which had been charged with taking advantage of the building of the new Houses of Parliament to promote and encourage British art. It was decided to hold a competition for cartoon designs for frescoes on British historical and literary subjects, to test whether British artists would be competent enough in fresco to suggest its use in the new building. The cartoons were displayed in Westminster Hall in May-June 1843, this print being one of a series of eleven lithographs of the winning cartoons. The competition indirectly led to the modern use of the word 'cartoon' to describe comic prints or drawings, when John Leech designed an illustration for Punch satirising the grandiose designs, titled 'Cartoon no. 1: Substance and Shadow'.
The series (reg. nos. 1854,1211.133-143) is bound with a printed titlepage, dedication, brief account of the competition and a list of the plates and premiums. The titlepage is lettered: 'The Prize Cartoons; being the eleven designs to which the premiums were awarded by the Royal Commissioners on the Fine Arts in the year 1843. / Engraved on stone, from the reduced drawings made by John, James, and William Linnell. / London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, Paternoster-Row.'
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