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Harry Mount – The Cartoon Museum reborn!

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Asterix and Obelix as illustrated by Albert Uderzo

The Cartoon Museum recently moved from Bloomsbury to its new home near Oxford Street. It has just received a lottery grant of nearly £100,000 to deal with its Covid losses. Harry Mount praises its collection

The Cartoon Museum recently moved from Bloomsbury to its new home near Oxford Street. It has just received a lottery grant of nearly £100,000 to deal with its Covid losses. Harry Mount praises its collection

Oldie readers, who prize the magazine’s cartoons, will be relieved to hear that London’s Cartoon Museum has moved – but not very far.

The museum's quirky entrance

On July 1st, the Museum – formerly in the shadow of the British Museum – will move to 63 Wells Street, just north of Oxford Street, after a £1m, six-month project.

The Museum, designed by Sam Jacob, is built in a suitably madcap, cartoonish style: with smashed windows, desks with feet and a staircase plastered with cartoon characters. The new display at the Museum has been organised by political cartoonist Steve Bell.

It’s the best place to appreciate Britain’s extraordinary contribution to cartoon history, with its archive of 6,000 cartoons by over 300 cartoonists. The opening exhibition features work from The Dandy, The Beezer, Judy, Jane Bond, 2000 AD, V for Vendetta, Roy of the Rovers and Watchmen and lots more – including the great Ed McLachlan (pictured, above, one of his cartoons).

That’s all, folks!

The Late Arrivals by H M Bateman (1924)
Judge Dredd, as imagined by Carlos Ezquerra
William Hogarth's Characters and Caricaturas (1743)
The Queen, as drawn by TROG (aka Wally Fawkes)

For more information, go to the Cartoon Museum's website www.cartoonmuseum.org


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