The Prints and Photographs Division holds one of the largest collections of British political and satirical prints in America. The approximately 9,000 prints (approximately 8,500 distinct images) in the collection highlight British political life, society, fashion, manners, and theater. They were published primarily between 1780 and 1830, an era dominated by the prodigious talents and prolific efforts of such famous caricaturists as James Gillray and George Cruikshank.
The Library of Congress purchased the vast majority of the prints in this collection from the Royal Library at Windsor Castle in 1921. About two thousand of the cartoons in the collection are not found in the British Museum, the institution which holds the largest collection of British political and satirical prints in the world. [Library of Congress]