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The Reform Hurricane: Radical Satirical Broadsheets

  • Ian HaywoodEmail author
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Nineteenth-Century Writing and Culture book series (PNWC)

Abstract

This chapter introduces the new breed of cheap, radical weekly newspapers which featured a satirical cartoon on the front page, in most cases the work of Charles Jameson Grant. Borrowing from the format of Figaro in London, these pro-Chartist broadsheets dominated the visual representation of politics until the arrival of the Illustrated London News and Punch in the early 1840s. The chapter focuses on three titles: the Penny Satirist, Cleave’s Gazette of Variety and Odd Fellow. One of the achievements of these publications was the use of the diptych to convey Britain’s ‘two nations’ of rich and poor. The chapter argues that this genre drew on the populist energies of illustrated popular fiction as well as the high-minded radical discourse of the unillustrated Chartist press.

Keywords

Charles Jameson Grant Penny Satirist: Cleave’s Gazette of Variety: Odd Fellow: Chartist press John Cleave: Henry Hetherington John Bull. Lord Brougham Duke of Wellington 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of RoehamptonLondonUK

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