Exhibition: Marriage à la Mode, Cartoon Museum, London, until May 22 2011
© Peter Schrank
Barbed wit and satire will saturate the streets as thickly as Union Jacks and bunting when the latest royal wedding gives us all a holiday at the end of April, so the Cartoon Museum has decided to survey some of the cartoonists who have taken on hen-pecked husbands, domineering mother-in-laws, bedroom battles and divorce during 250 years of wedlock wranglings.
Ranging from the Prince of Wales’s illegal marriage to Mrs Fitzherbert in 1785 to the wedding of Charles and Diana which heralded the start of the monarchy's dual reign as juicy media fodder in 1981, the show features work by Steve Bell, Grizelda, Mel Calman, James Gillray and dozens of other scribblers.
It ends with a number of send-ups of Kate Middleton and William, including the forthcoming Kate and William: A Very Public Love Story, a comic-style romp co-conceived by Dan Dare artist Gary Erskine and Doctor Who depicter Mike Collins.
- Open 10.30am-5.30pm (12pm-5.30pm Sunday, closed Monday). Admission free.