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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. 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.”

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