The Cartoon Museum

The Cartoon Museum We aim to conserve & provide access to Britain’s cartoon and comic art heritage, encourage participation in and raise awareness of a popular art-form. Support new work by cartoonists and comics artists.
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Jean Ignace Isidore Gérard, aka J. J. Grandville (1803-47) Les metamorphoses du jour, no. 67: Menagerie, 1829 Hand-colou...
02/04/2020

Jean Ignace Isidore Gérard, aka J. J. Grandville (1803-47) Les metamorphoses du jour, no. 67: Menagerie, 1829 Hand-coloured Lithograph

In a series of 73 prints Grandville used the familiar satirical ploy of presenting his human targets as animals. In this menagerie the cage on the left holds crooked bankers revelling in luxury, while others are in bare cells: vandals, armed robbers and political offenders. Two prints in the series (attacking the church and the army) were suppressed until after the July Revolution of 1830.

You can support us during our closure by:
· Donate to the Museum: http://ow.ly/4Tmf50yQeXW
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“Poole of ink”, drawing of Philip Poole by Chris Duggan. Part of our Dear Mr. Poole exhibition that you can now enjoy on...
31/03/2020

“Poole of ink”, drawing of Philip Poole by Chris Duggan. Part of our Dear Mr. Poole exhibition that you can now enjoy online free. Just go to our website: https://www.cartoonmuseum.org/
#onlineexhibition #cartoonmuseumuk #artonline #museumuk

Warren G. Harding, president from 1921 until his death from a heart attack in 1923, was the most inadequate occupant of ...
30/03/2020

Warren G. Harding, president from 1921 until his death from a heart attack in 1923, was the most inadequate occupant of the White House in the 20th century.

This illustration is part of our exhibition 'Hail to The Chief?' in the In Focus space. Features presidents from the new @PenguinUKBooks book by @AndrewGimson, illustrated by @MartinRowson #cartoonmuseum #cartoons #comics #cartoonmuseumuk

Learn how to make a caricature of a famous personality or start your first comic strip and characters. Download your PDF...
26/03/2020

Learn how to make a caricature of a famous personality or start your first comic strip and characters. Download your PDF templates from our Free resources page on our website and have fun!
http://ow.ly/Bbtd50yWGaR

Andrew Jackson, US president from 1829–1837, was the first frontiersman to reach the top in American politics. Jackson w...
25/03/2020

Andrew Jackson, US president from 1829–1837, was the first frontiersman to reach the top in American politics. Jackson was a born killer who sided with the plunderers of Native American lands, and wrecked the economy by declaring war on the banking system.

This illustration is part of our exhibition 'Hail to The Chief?' in the In Focus space. Features presidents from the new @PenguinUKBooks book by @AndrewGimson, illustrated by @MartinRowson #cartoonmuseum #cartoons #comics #cartoonmuseumuk

We bid adieu to Albert Uderzo, comic artist who co-created the beloved Asterix and passed away in his sleep today at the...
24/03/2020

We bid adieu to Albert Uderzo, comic artist who co-created the beloved Asterix and passed away in his sleep today at the age of 92. He donated this original artwork to the museum in 1994. #Asterix #AlbertUderzo

What’s everybody watching? © Kenneth Mahood #MuseumFromHome #StayAtHome
23/03/2020

What’s everybody watching?
© Kenneth Mahood
#MuseumFromHome #StayAtHome

Franklin D. Roosevelt, president from 1933–1945, led the United States through two ordeals: the Great Depression and the...
21/03/2020

Franklin D. Roosevelt, president from 1933–1945, led the United States through two ordeals: the Great Depression and the Second World War. This illustration is part of our exhibition 'Hail to The Chief?' in the In Focus space! Running until 4 April 2020. Features presidents from the new @PenguinUKBooks book by @AndrewGimson, illustrated by @MartinRowson #cartoonmuseum #cartoons #comics #cartoonmuseumuk

As a small independent museum and charity, closing our doors is a tough decision. We receive no government funding, and ...
20/03/2020

As a small independent museum and charity, closing our doors is a tough decision. We receive no government funding, and rely on income from admissions, events and our shop. If the history of cartoons and comics is as important to you as it is to us, you can support us by visiting our website to:

· Donate: http://ow.ly/4Tmf50yQeXW
· Become a Friend: http://ow.ly/O8Et50yQeXY
· Visit our Online Shop: http://ow.ly/bbpn50yQeXX

Abraham Lincoln, US president from 1861–1865, rose from obscurity to become the most famous president since George Washi...
18/03/2020

Abraham Lincoln, US president from 1861–1865, rose from obscurity to become the most famous president since George Washington. He expressed with eloquence, clarity and moral passion the case against allowing the spread of slavery into new parts of the United States.

This illustration is part of our exhibition 'Hail to The Chief?' in the In Focus space! Running until 4 April 2020. Features presidents from the new @PenguinUKBooks book by @AndrewGimson, illustrated by @MartinRowson #cartoonmuseum #cartoons #comics #cartoonmuseumuk

From 18 March 2020, The Cartoon Museum will be closed for an indefinite period.The safety of our visitors, members and s...
18/03/2020

From 18 March 2020, The Cartoon Museum will be closed for an indefinite period.

The safety of our visitors, members and staff comes first, and given the health situation faced by the UK, it is essential we close our site to the public. We are also cancelling all events in March and April.

During the closure we will share some of our collections and galleries through our website, and Instagram,Twitter and pages. We will also provide free resources for cartooning activities that can be enjoyed by those having to self-isolate or spend time at home. Being creative through art is an activity everyone can enjoy, and relieves the mental health stresses that a time like this can cause.

As a small independent museum and charity, closing our doors is a tough decision, as we rely on income from admissions, events and our shop. We receive no government funding at all. If the history of cartoons and comics is as important to you as it is to us, you can help support us during our closure by:

- Donating to the Museum
- Becoming a Friend
- Visiting our Online Shop

We do not know yet when we will reopen. We will keep our visitors updated through our website and social media accounts, and we hope it will be sooner rather than later. We encourage everyone to staff safe and healthy, come together to support each other, and thank you for your support during this difficult time.

Best wishes,

Joe Sullivan

Director

Richard Nixon, president from 1969–1974, defeated various opponents during his rise to power by smearing them as communi...
14/03/2020

Richard Nixon, president from 1969–1974, defeated various opponents during his rise to power by smearing them as communist sympathisers. He ended by destroying himself, ordering that his conversations in the White House be tape-recorded so posterity could learn of his brilliant foreign policy. The tapes showed he had been directly involved in trying to cover up the Watergate scandal, when White House operatives broke into the headquarters of his Democratic opponents. Facing the certainty of conviction on impeachment charges, he became the first president to resign.

This illustration is part of our exhibition 'Hail to The Chief?' in the In Focus space! Running until 4 April 2020. Features presidents from the new @PenguinUKBooks book by @AndrewGimson, illustrated by @MartinRowson #cartoonmuseum #cartoons #comics #cartoonmuseumuk

Friends of the Cartoon Museum private view. #dearMrPoole exhibition. Happening now. #cartoonmuseumuk
12/03/2020

Friends of the Cartoon Museum private view. #dearMrPoole exhibition. Happening now. #cartoonmuseumuk

Thomas Jefferson was US president from 1801–1809. Yet by 1776, he had already won eternal fame by drafting the Declarati...
11/03/2020

Thomas Jefferson was US president from 1801–1809. Yet by 1776, he had already won eternal fame by drafting the Declaration of Independence. This illustration is part of our exhibition 'Hail to The Chief?' in the In Focus space! Running from 3 March until 4 April 2020. Features presidents from the new @PenguinUKBooks book by @AndrewGimson, illustrated by @MartinRowson #cartoonmuseum #cartoons #comics #cartoonmuseumuk

George H. W. Bush, 41st president of the United States from 1989-1993. Bush presided over the Gulf War, ending the Iraqi...
07/03/2020

George H. W. Bush, 41st president of the United States from 1989-1993. Bush presided over the Gulf War, ending the Iraqi occupation of Kuwait. Part of the new @PenguinUKBooks book Gimson's Presidents by @AndrewGimson, illustrated by @MartinRowson #cartoonmuseumuk

Tonight! Come on down!
06/03/2020

Tonight! Come on down!

Today! Tips & Hints, Process and techniques!

On this Friday evening session in Central London, we invite you to take part in life drawing from a model, which is also an interactive art lab!
Hosted by artists @jasonatomic @chrisageary and @frankgambinoart -
this TUTORED session should be a good jumping-on point for new artists, or a chance for professionals to share ideas and try new approaches.

The current “Dear Mr. Poole” exhibition at the Cartoon Museum celebrates the life of the legendary dip pen specialist, who owned the largest collection of pen nibs in the world, and was internationally renowned for his unparalleled nib knowledge, and talent for sourcing the rarest of pens.

As the Cartoon Museum brings a programme of events devoted to sharing process and techniques, we are designing a life drawing session about dramatic mark-making!

Imagine strong black graphic shapes breaking up the body of the model @mankoomanko - a bold sweep of the boot, a feathery flick of the hair. It will be all about dynamic, expressive, elevated poses!

What’s more, we are inviting our new and regular artists alike to ask questions and share practical tips and hints with each other. As we have so many talented professional artists attend our life drawing sessions, let's ask them questions and let’s play with different techniques we can use to improve our life drawing!

If you want to improve your practice, if you’d like to try new art materials and techniques, this more interactive and experimental session will be great for you.

We will have a range of materials for you to test, courtesy of our sponsors, Great Art.

£15 advance, £20 on the door.
Entry includes admission to the museum and free art materials courtesy of @greatart_uk

Plenty of table space, drawing boards and easels available.

Life drawing session starts at 7pm, but the ticket holders are very welcome to come from 6:30 and check out the exhibition to draw inspiration!

#artmodelcollective #lifedrawing #fridaylidedrawing #lifedrawingevents #arteventdlondon #cartoonmuseum #markmaking #tutoredlifedrawing #demo #artdemo #figuredrawing @ The Cartoon Museum

George Washington was the first President of the United States, serving two terms from 1789–1797. Washington entrenched ...
05/03/2020

George Washington was the first President of the United States, serving two terms from 1789–1797. Washington entrenched the new Constitution and put the dangerously divided nation on the road to success. This illustration is part of our new exhibition 'Hail to The Chief?' in the In Focus space! Running from 3 March until 4 April 2020. Features presidents from the new @PenguinUKBooks book by @AndrewGimson, illustrated by @MartinRowson #cartoonmuseum #cartoons #comics #cartoonmuseumuk

Drawing postcards, an interactive display part of our Dear Mr. Poole exhibition. Come and draw yours! #cartoonmuseumuk #...
05/03/2020

Drawing postcards, an interactive display part of our Dear Mr. Poole exhibition. Come and draw yours! #cartoonmuseumuk #cartoonmuseum

Visit our new exhibition 'Hail to The Chief?' in the In Focus space! Running from 3 March until 4 April 2020. Features p...
04/03/2020

Visit our new exhibition 'Hail to The Chief?' in the In Focus space! Running from 3 March until 4 April 2020. Features presidents from the new @PenguinUKBooks book by @AndrewGimson, illustrated by @MartinRowson #cartoonmuseum #cartoons #comics #cartoonmuseumuk

Today marks the 100th anniversary of Ronald Searle’s birth. We have some of his artwork and drawing materials on display...
03/03/2020

Today marks the 100th anniversary of Ronald Searle’s birth. We have some of his artwork and drawing materials on display as part of our current #DearMrPoole exhibition. Happy birthday Ronald! #cartoonmuseumuk #RonaldSearle #comics #comicsuk

Visit our new exhibition 'Hail to The Chief?' in the In Focus space! Running from 3 March until 4 April 2020. Features p...
28/02/2020

Visit our new exhibition 'Hail to The Chief?' in the In Focus space! Running from 3 March until 4 April 2020. Features presidents from the new @PenguinUKBooks book by @AndrewGimson, illustrated by @MartinRowson #cartoonmuseum #cartoons #comics #cartoonmuseumuk

Today is 200 years since the birth of #JohnTenniel, illustrator of the first edition of #Alice’s Adventures in #Wonderla...
28/02/2020

Today is 200 years since the birth of #JohnTenniel, illustrator of the first edition of #Alice’s Adventures in #Wonderland. We have one of his other works on display ‘On the Road to Peace’ about the Russo-Turkish War (1877-1878). Come and see it for yourself! #cartoonmuseumuk

We are very excited to announce our new exhibition Dear Mr. Poole. Discover the story of Philip Poole, the ‘pen man of L...
24/02/2020

We are very excited to announce our new exhibition Dear Mr. Poole. Discover the story of Philip Poole, the ‘pen man of London’, through an incredible collection of never-before-seen illustrated letters written by cartoonists from around the world.
https://www.cartoonmuseum.org/visit
#DearMrPoole #CartoonMuseum #LondonMuseum #ukcomics #ukcartoons #secretlondon #cartoonmuseumuk

We are very excited to announce our new exhibition Dear Mr. Poole. Discover the story of Philip Poole, the ‘pen man of L...
23/02/2020

We are very excited to announce our new exhibition Dear Mr. Poole. Discover the story of Philip Poole, the ‘pen man of London’, through an incredible collection of never-before-seen illustrated letters written by cartoonists from around the world.
https://www.cartoonmuseum.org/visit
#DearMrPoole #CartoonMuseum #LondonMuseum #ukcomics #ukcartoons #secretlondon #cartoonmuseumuk

We are very excited to announce our new exhibition Dear Mr. Poole. Discover the story of Philip Poole, the ‘pen man of L...
22/02/2020

We are very excited to announce our new exhibition Dear Mr. Poole. Discover the story of Philip Poole, the ‘pen man of London’, through an incredible collection of never-before-seen illustrated letters written by cartoonists from around the world.
https://www.cartoonmuseum.org/visit
#DearMrPoole #CartoonMuseum #LondonMuseum #ukcomics #ukcartoons #secretlondon #cartoonmuseumuk

We are very excited to announce our new exhibition Dear Mr. Poole. Discover the story of Philip Poole, the ‘pen man of L...
21/02/2020

We are very excited to announce our new exhibition Dear Mr. Poole. Discover the story of Philip Poole, the ‘pen man of London’, through an incredible collection of never-before-seen illustrated letters written by cartoonists from around the world.
https://www.cartoonmuseum.org/visit
#DearMrPoole #CartoonMuseum #LondonMuseum #ukcomics #ukcartoons #secretlondon #cartoonmuseumuk

We are very excited to announce our new exhibition Dear Mr. Poole. Discover the story of Philip Poole, the ‘pen man of L...
20/02/2020

We are very excited to announce our new exhibition Dear Mr. Poole. Discover the story of Philip Poole, the ‘pen man of London’, through an incredible collection of never-before-seen illustrated letters written by cartoonists from around the world.
https://www.cartoonmuseum.org/visit
#DearMrPoole #CartoonMuseum #LondonMuseum #ukcomics #ukcartoons #secretlondon #cartoonmuseumuk

We are looking forward to having Art Model Collective back tomorrow for our next life drawing session tomorrow night!get...
20/02/2020
AMC: Life Drawing 21st Feb Session - Cartoon Museum Shop

We are looking forward to having Art Model Collective back tomorrow for our next life drawing session tomorrow night!
get your tickets and get your draw on!

AMC: Life Drawing 21st Feb Session - Life drawing tribute to the DYLAN DOG comic! For this session our beautiful Italian models Tatiana & Claudio will be introducing us to their favourite comic book hero, the paranormal investigator, Dyl

Visit our new exhibition Dear Mr. Poole. Discover the story of Philip Poole, the ‘pen man of London’, through an incredi...
19/02/2020

Visit our new exhibition Dear Mr. Poole. Discover the story of Philip Poole, the ‘pen man of London’, through an incredible collection of never-before-seen illustrated letters written by cartoonists from around the world.
https://www.cartoonmuseum.org/visit
#DearMrPoole #CartoonMuseum #LondonMuseum #ukcomics #ukcartoons #secretlondon #cartoonmuseumuk

We are very excited to announce our new exhibition Dear Mr. Poole. Discover the story of Philip Poole, the ‘pen man of L...
18/02/2020

We are very excited to announce our new exhibition Dear Mr. Poole. Discover the story of Philip Poole, the ‘pen man of London’, through an incredible collection of never-before-seen illustrated letters written by cartoonists from around the world.
https://www.cartoonmuseum.org/visit
#DearMrPoole #CartoonMuseum #LondonMuseum #ukcomics #ukcartoons #secretlondon #cartoonmuseumuk

As our new exhibition opens it doors to the public today. Our events have started to go online. We have more to come whe...
18/02/2020
Dear Mr Poole Events - Cartoon Museum Shop

As our new exhibition opens it doors to the public today. Our events have started to go online. We have more to come when we have dates confirmed, so keep an eye on website!

Dear Mr Poole Events - Cartoon Museum Shop

We are very excited to announce our new exhibition Dear Mr. Poole. Discover the story of Philip Poole, the ‘pen man of L...
18/02/2020

We are very excited to announce our new exhibition Dear Mr. Poole. Discover the story of Philip Poole, the ‘pen man of London’, through an incredible collection of never-before-seen illustrated letters written by cartoonists from around the world.#DearMrPoole

We are very excited to announce our new exhibition Dear Mr. Poole, opening 18 February! Discover the story of Philip Poo...
16/02/2020

We are very excited to announce our new exhibition Dear Mr. Poole, opening 18 February! Discover the story of Philip Poole, the ‘pen man of London’, through an incredible collection of never-before-seen illustrated ‘thank you’ letters written by cartoonists from around the world.
https://www.cartoonmuseum.org/visit

We are very excited to announce our new exhibition Dear Mr. Poole, opening 18 February! Discover the story of Philip Poo...
15/02/2020

We are very excited to announce our new exhibition Dear Mr. Poole, opening 18 February! Discover the story of Philip Poole, the ‘pen man of London’, through an incredible collection of never-before-seen illustrated ‘thank you’ letters written by cartoonists from around the world.
https://www.cartoonmuseum.org/visit

We are very excited to announce our new exhibition Dear Mr. Poole, opening 18 February! Discover the story of Philip Poo...
14/02/2020

We are very excited to announce our new exhibition Dear Mr. Poole, opening 18 February! Discover the story of Philip Poole, the ‘pen man of London’, through an incredible collection of never-before-seen illustrated ‘thank you’ letters written by cartoonists from around the world.
https://www.cartoonmuseum.org/visit

We are very excited to announce our new exhibition Dear Mr. Poole, opening 18 February! Discover the story of Philip Poo...
13/02/2020

We are very excited to announce our new exhibition Dear Mr. Poole, opening 18 February! Discover the story of Philip Poole, the ‘pen man of London’, through an incredible collection of never-before-seen illustrated ‘thank you’ letters written by cartoonists from around the world.
https://www.cartoonmuseum.org/visit

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63 Wells Street
London
W1A 3AE

Oxford Street (exit 1) and Tottenham Court Road Station are a very short walk away.The museum is also very accessable for buses: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tfl/gettingaround/maps/buses/

General information

ADMISSION: Adults: £8.50 Concessions: £5 Students:£3 Art Fund, Under 18s, Friends: Free

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:30 - 17:30
Wednesday 10:30 - 17:30
Thursday 10:30 - 20:00
Friday 10:30 - 17:30
Saturday 10:30 - 17:30
Sunday 12:00 - 16:00

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02075808155

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My visit this July to the Cartoon Museum.. it's an amazing museum. Worth a visit.
The Centennial Anniversary of The Beano Until 2038
Any update on expected opening date? We will be traveling to London the week of May 19th
Hi, I sent my entry for 'The Cartoonist of the Year Competition' to the address advertised on your press releases and website to be delivered before the closing date and the Post Office have returned it today because it was undeliverable. After calling the museum and looking at your Facebook, I understand you moved before the closing date. Please may you consider my entry and others who've followed the instructions advertised to enter the competition and have had the same happen, as it seems fair to do so. Thank you.
I visited today with my daughter and we enjoyed looking around. She even recognised some of the cartoons. ( I may also have cheekily hidden some rocks around )
Check out and get "You Talking To Me?" on all kinds and sizes of prints you need!
OK, this is driving me round the bend. Does anyone please know anything about a cartoonist called "Matt" (sic) who drew caricatures for the Sunday Graphic in the 1930s? This is not the more obvious MATT who is popular in the Telegraph, as Mr Pritchett was not born until 30 years later!