Published: Sunday 9th of November 2008
A new website archive of more than 120,000 individual cartoons has been launched to coincide with an exhibition at the London Cartoon Museum.
The collection of political cartoons has been compiled by the British Cartoon Archive at the University of Kent and features the work of 250 top cartoonists.
It will complement a new exhibition of work by cartoonist Carl Giles at the London museum, which will run until February 15th 2009.
Head of the British Cartoon Archive at the University of Kent, Dr Nicholas Hiley, suggested that the online archive could be the perfect place to get some background on British political cartoons.
"Whether you are a cartoon fan or an academic interested in using the archive content for teaching and research purposes the new website provides the widest possible access," he explained.
The archive may also interest tourists keen on gaining some background on Carl Giles before seeing his collection at the London Cartoon Museum.
Other artists featured in the archive include Steve Bell and Ralph Steadman, whose work can also be seen in British newspapers including the Guardian and the Independent.
London Pass holders receive free access to the Cartoon Museum and a ten per cent discount in the gift shop.
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