Hold the front page London has its very own Cartoon Museum. Join me visiting the London Cartoon Museum. Steps away from Oxford Circus you will find a cornucopia of satire and fun. The Cartoon Museum has a vast collection of over 6,000 cartoons plus another couple of thousand books and comics.
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Cartoons are the ultimate in ephemeral disposable art. We’ve all read the Beano, seen a Disney movie or paused to take in a political cartoon in the newspaper but few of us have cartoons on our walls and museums and galleries generally devote little space to them.
Political Cartoons at the Cartoon Museum
The Cultural Teens love a political cartoon. Veteran cartoonist Steve Bell has curated display of the political cartoons. We start with the seventeenth century cartoons that illustrated my school history book. Gilray with his biting humour, Napoleon and Wellington carving up Europe. I love the way that the images on show slowly become current affairs as events that you remember begin to appear.
Comics at the Cartoon Museum
Rupert Bear was my favourite cartoon growing up. Yes I know it would be cooler if it were The Beano but there you go. Thank goodness that both Rupert and friends AND Dennis the Menace and co all get featured. Side by by side with more modern anime.
What is a cartoon?
Cartoon can mean many things. It can be the vast drawings used as blue prints for making tapestries like the amazing Raphael Cartoons in the V&A. It can be a film like a Mickey Mouse or Tom and Jerry. Cartoons can be comic’s like the Beano. Or political cartoon’s lampooning the great and the good. At the cartoon museum it is political cartoons, caricatures and comic strips that are celebrated.
Cartoon Museum Need to Know
- Cartoon Museum, 63 Wells Street, W1A 3AE
- Open: Tuesday – Sunday 10.30 – 5.30 (8pm on Thursdays)
- Admission: Adults £8.50, children free
- Art fund members free
- Nearest tube Oxford Circus or Goodge Street
Just a little bit further along from the Cartoon Museum you will find my favourite all museums the Wallace Collection. For inspiration for more London Days Out check out my guide to London Exhibitions or London Historic Homes.