Sunday Reading: Tate comics article

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The Tate Britain, currently has a show up on William Hogarth, who is widely claimed by us comical types to have been one of the earliest cartoonists (and one of the greatest ever.) Reader Rob Cave writes to say that the Tate’s magazine has a cover story on comics and their antecedents, which is up at their website. The article is by John Carlin co- curator of the Masters of American Comics show , so if you didn’t like the show or the catalog you may have the same problems with the article, but it does include some tasty Doré prints and some excellent historical context for the earliest roots of comics.


  1. Peter Sanderson says:

    What I think is more important than Hogarth being a cartoonist/caricaturist, like Daumier, is that he was a pioneer of what would become the comics medium. Hogarth created series of prints and paintings that, as Carlin states in the Tate article, depicted “stories told in a sequence of related images centered on a recognizable cast of characters.”

  2. que buen estilo, parecen ilustraciones de tiempos pasados, muy virtuosos


  1. […] John Carlin, one of the movers behind the recent Masters of American Comics gallery exhibition, discusses such antecedents to modern cartooning as William Hogarth, Honoré Daumier, Gustav Doré and William Blake, in an article for the magazine published by the Tate Britain gallery. (Above: an 1849 caricature of French writer Victor Hugo by Honoré Daumier found at Wikipedia; link via Heidi MacDonald.) […]

  2. […] Another late add: The Beat has a couple of neat finds. Heidi offers up a Tate Modern article that has generous comic pictures and historical info, and spies a Robert Rodriguez and Chris Ware connection (check out the comments section for a Chris Ware easter egg). […]

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