James Gillray (British, 1757-1815). Weird Sisters, Ministers of Darkness, Minions of the Moon, 1791. Hand-colored etching and aquatint, 9 3/4 x 13 3/4 inches. Gift of David and Marcia Hilton; 2012:17.7

The Satirical Eye

November 23, 2019 to August 02, 2020

In conjunction with the Ralph Steadman retrospective, this exhibition introduces viewers to the dynamic history of satire and caricature permeating eighteenth- and nineteenth-century print culture in Western Europe. Selections from the JSMA’s collection explore consecutive eras of printmaking in Great Britain, Spain, and France through the work of William Hogarth, James Gillray, Francisco de Goya, and Honoré Daumier. Working in response to the social and political circumstances around them, these four artists exemplify the expressive range of visual satire and caricature when used as mediums of comedic relief, moral critique, and political protest. The exhibition is curated by Emily Shinn, Daura Foundation/Margo Grant Walsh Curatorial Extern in European and American Art.