Cartoon Museum

Cartoon Museum
35 Little Russell Street
London
Greater London
WC1A 2HH
England

Website

www.cartoonmuseum.org

E-mail

info@cartoonmuseum.org

Telephone

0207 580 8155

Fax

020 7631 0793

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The Cartoon Museum exhibits the very finest examples of British cartoons, caricature, and comic art from the 18th century to the present day. There is also a shop, an archive and a reference library.

Venue Type:

Museum, Library, Archive

Opening hours

Mon - Sat, 10.30-17.30
Sunday, 12.00-17.30
Also open Bank Holidays. Closed over Christmas and New Year

Admission charges

Adults £5.50
Concessions £4
Students £3
Free for Children, U18, Art Fund

Getting there

Nearest tube: Holborn

There are currently about 900 works in the collection. These include original cartoons, caricatures, drawings, sketches and letters.There is also a selection of eighteenth century original prints. Some rare books featuring the work of cartoon artists are also included in the collection.

Collection details

Design, Film and Media, Fine Art, Literature, Social History, Weapons and War

Key artists and exhibits

  • Rare and original artwork on loan from The Beano, the Dandy, and Topper including The Bash Street Kids, Roger the Dodger, Billy the Whizz, Desperate Dan, Beryl the Peril and of course Dennis the Menace.
  • Classic works by Gillray including The Plum Pudding and, John Bull - taking a luncheon, and The Zenith of French Glory.
  • Cartoons in 3D including Gerald Scarfe¹s memorable Chairman Mao, Scarfe's caricatured original leather armchair from 1971.
  • Cartoons by Larry, Kipper Williams, Tony Husband, Nick Newman and many more.
  • Emett¹s working ‘Fairway Birdie’ (made by this eccentric cartoonist whose wacky contraptions appeared in Chitty Bang Bang, and at The Festival of Britain.)
  • Classic war cartoons including Sir David Low¹s ‘All Behind you, Winston’, and Bruce Bairnsfather¹s, ‘If you know a better ‘Ole...’
  • Colour mural painted by top cartoonists including Steve Bell, Dave Brown, Martin Rowson, Peter Brookes, Chris Riddell, MAC and Hunt Emerson.
  • Annual cover drawings by Carl Giles featuring the Giles family and his immortal Granny.
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
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Heckling Hitler: World War Two in Cartoons & Comics

  • 25 March — 12 July 2015 *on now

Hitler was caricatured and poked fun at by cartoonists throughout World War II.

Expect to see some great cartoons from the likes of H.M. Bateman, Rowland Emett, Fougasse, Giles, Leslie Grimes, David Low, Ronald Niebour, Pont, William Heath Robinson, Ken Rolfe, E.H. Shepard, Sidney Strube, Bert Thomas and Vicky. And some of comics best characters like Desperate Dan and Lord Snooty taking on the Nazis.

Website

http://www.cartoonmuseum.org/exhibitions/current-exhibitions/heckling-hitler

satirical cartoon with Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Cartoonland

  • 15 July — 1 November 2015

Alice, the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, the March Hare and the Cheshire Cat were introduced to the world by Lewis Carroll in 1864 in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. A sequel, Through the Looking-glass and What Alice Found introduced more memorable characters including the Jabberwock, Humpty Dumpty, the Walrus and the Carpenter and the Kings, Queens and Knights of the chessboard.

For 150 years the curious creatures from Carroll’s topsy-turvy world have been part of popular culture the world over, not just in books, plays and films, toys, games and millions of products from food to clothing but also in – cartoons!

This is hardly surprising since when Lewis Carroll (real name Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) was seeking an illustrator for Alice he chose John Tenniel, the leading cartoonist of his day, whose caricatures of Victorian politicians and celebrities appeared every week in the pages the humorous magazine, Punch.

The Alice books are a true collaboration between Dodgson’s extraordinary imagination and Tenniel’s graphic wit: for example, the Hatter’s iconic top hat with it’s pre-decimal price label (‘In this Style, 10/6’) was just one of Tenniel’s many embellishments to Dodgson’s text.

The stories were an instant success as were the illustrations and within a very short time people were using the characters and their quotable lines to make satirical comment on current affairs. Even John Tenniel created a topical cartoon for Punch based on his own illustration of Alice’s encounter with the Gryphon and the Mock Turtle.

Alice in Cartoonland celebrates Alice’s many misadventures at the hands of cartoonists, caricaturists and satirists, animators and graphic artists through 150 years of parodies and pastiches, jibes, jokes and gags aimed at making political points, social comment or just intended to make us laugh.

Artists represented range from Low, Vicky, Shepard and Illingworth to via Searle and ffolkes to Scarfe, Steadman and Rowson. There are Alice posters by Gilroy advertising Guinness, cartoon strips featuring Flook and Snoopy, pages from comics and graphic novels and original animation art from film and TV versions of Alice.

Website

http://www.cartoonmuseum.org/exhibitions/future-exhibitions/alice-in-cartoonland

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Create a Character

  • 7 April 2015 2-4pm

Develop and design your own character, and then have a go at using it in a special, one-page comic story.

Suitable for ages 8 to 12

Admission

£10 per child

Website

http://www.cartoonmuseum.org/events/kids-workshops

Beano Bonanza

  • 7 April 2015 11am-1pm

Learn how to draw some of your favourite Beano characters, then try to invent a new one yourself.

Suitable for ages 10 to 12

Admission

£10 per child

Website

http://www.cartoonmuseum.org/events/kids-workshops

Animal Animation

  • 8 April 2015 11am-3:30pm

Join expert animator Helen Piercy and create your own animated animal adventures that you'll see later on our YouTube channel.

Suitable for ages 8 to 12

Admission

£20 per child

Website

http://www.cartoonmuseum.org/events/kids-workshops

Superheroes

  • 9 April 2015 2-4pm

Learn how to draw some of your favourite superheroes and then assemble them into your own super-team.

Suitable for ages 8 to 12

Admission

£10 per child

Website

http://www.cartoonmuseum.org/events/kids-workshops

Manga for Beginners

  • 9 April 2015 11am-1pm

If you're new to manga, here's where you'll learn to draw faces, expressions, bodies and clothing.

Suitable for ages 8 to 12

Admission

£10 per child

Website

http://www.cartoonmuseum.org/events/kids-workshops

Comic Art Masterclass

  • 10 April 2015 11am-1:30pm

Not for beginners! If you've got the basics under your belt - perhaps you've been to our workshops before - here's where you'll learn professional methods of working and secrets behind successful comic-strip storytelling. Suitable for aspiring manga artists, too.

Suitable for ages 11 to 14

Admission

£20 per child

Website

http://www.cartoonmuseum.org/events/kids-workshops

The Adventures of You!

  • 13 April 2015 2-4pm

Come and get a cartoon portrait of yourself, and then draw a comic-strip in which YOU are the star!

Suitable for ages 8 to 12

Admission

£10 per child

Website

http://www.cartoonmuseum.org/events/kids-workshops

Creating Short Strips

  • 13 April 2015 11am-1pm

Richy K Chandler, writer/artist of the acclaimed web-comic Lucy the Octopus, shows you how to write and draw a series of 3-panel funny comic-strips.

Suitable for ages 8 to 12

Admission

£10 per child

Website

http://www.cartoonmuseum.org/events/kids-workshops

Manga Masterclass

  • 14 April 2015 11am-1:30pm

Arist Takayo Akiyama will give you tips and advice as you design and develop your own manga characters and then create a page of manga artwork. Book early - this sold out last time!

Suitable for ages 11 to 14

Admission

£20 per child

Website

http://www.cartoonmuseum.org/events/kids-workshops

Make a Mini-Comic

  • 15 April 2015 2-4pm

Startle your friends back at school when you show them the complete mini-comic you'll create featuring your own characters and story.

Suitable for ages 8 to 12

Admission

£10 per child

Website

http://www.cartoonmuseum.org/events/kids-workshops

Create a Beano Comic Strip

  • 15 April 2015 11am-1pm

Using our special worksheets, you'll write and draw your own Beano page featuring some favourite characters.

Suitable for ages 8 to 12

Admission

£10 per child

Website

http://www.cartoonmuseum.org/events/kids-workshops

Clayfaces

  • 16 April 2015 11am-3:30pm

In a new claymation workshop, you'll make grotesque 3D cartoon faces for a short animated film that you can watch later on YouTube.

Suitable for ages 8 to 12

Admission

£20 per child

Website

http://www.cartoonmuseum.org/events/kids-workshops

Simpsonise!

  • 17 April 2015 2-4pm

Learn how to draw some favourite characters from the famous yellow family, and invent a new one of your own.

Suitable for ages 8 to 12

Admission

£10 per child

Website

http://www.cartoonmuseum.org/events/kids-workshops

"And Then…"

  • 17 April 2015 11am-1pm

Richy's back with a great new workshop filled with drawing games and activities that will help you to create your own hilarious comic-strips.

Suitable for ages 8 to 12

Admission

£10 per child

Website

http://www.cartoonmuseum.org/events/kids-workshops

Getting there

Nearest tube: Holborn

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