Unseemly pictures: political graphic satire in 1620s England

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Examines the agressive, anti-Catholic visual culture of the 1620s outlined in the Vox populi diatribes of Norwich preacher Thomas Scott, Thomas Middleton’s drama A game at Chaes, and the illustrated broadsheet The travels of Time: loaden with Popish trumperies: from Great Britaine to Rome. Highlights the vilification and scatological allusions of Don Diego Sarmiento de Acuña, Count of Gondomar, ambassador to the English court at S. James’s. Argues that graphic satire was an integral part of the body of material that fed an interest in political events in England in the 1620s. Shows that the visual language of anti-Popery often adapted continental templates and should be seen as part of a wider history of political and religious polemic.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)56-61
Number of pages6
JournalThe British Art Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2005


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