Charles Peirce Collection Illustrated Box List

Satirical prints published in London during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries were presented in various ways for a growing consumer audience. Social and political caricatures were often displayed on print sellers’ walls and in shop windows, where a single impression could be purchased; the price dependent on size and coloring.

During this “golden age of caricature,” print publishers also noticed that there was a demand for humorous prints that could be lent out, rather than purchased. In this instance, bound volumes of caricature could be lent out for the day, evening, or even for a week at a time. These volumes became increasingly popular with the London audience, as they provided sources of amusement and entertainment shared between family and friends.

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