Museum opens doors to legend of British satire

Mark Bills and Roger Law at Gainsborough's House. ANL-141216-161532001
Mark Bills and Roger Law at Gainsborough's House. ANL-141216-161532001

Legendary caricaturist Roger Law, co-creator of the record-breaking television series Spitting Image, visited Sudbury on Saturday.

Mr Law was invited to Gainsborough’s House go give a talk to the friends of the museum, enabling members to meet one of the greats of British satire.

The talk coincided with the museum’s latest exhibition, Samuel William Fores, Satirist: Caricatures from the Reform Club.

Gainsborough’s House director Mark Bills said: “It was great to have Roger visit Gainsborough’s House.

“His extraordinary Spitting Image creations harked back to the striking and often shocking and irreverent imagery that developed in Britain in the late 18th century.

“The caricatures in the Fores exhibition are the forerunner to his puppet creations and he acknowledged this debt in his lecture.

“Like Spitting Image, Fores’ caricatures were exported throughout the world and enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of people.”

The exhibition explores Fores’ output over 40 years and his remarkable contribution as one of the leading, but unsung, figures of the “golden age” of satire.

Between 1783 and 1838, Fores was a presence on Piccadilly. His print shops drew enormous crowds and his clients included Wellington, Nelson and the future King of France, Louis-Philippe, who found refuge in his print shop while in exile during the French Revolution.

Appearing in court on numerous occasions, Fores’ controversial prints often sailed close to the wind.

The exhibition will continue until February 22. Gainsborough’s House is open seven days a week, from 10am to 5pm, Mondays to Saturdays, and from 11am to 5pm on Sundays.