Drawing on History

'The Donkey-Pope of Rome', a woodcut by Lucas Cranach (1523)

By Mark Bryant

Martin Luther used pictorial propaganda to further the Protestant cause. Mark Bryant looks at the work of those artists who became his allies – and those who became his enemies.

'Chin up, brave Gaul! They'll greet us with pride. That you know. Even though, having lost all, astride stick-horses we go.'

By Mark Bryant

Mark Bryant admires a Russian artist whose lampoons of Napoleon inspired some notable British caricaturists.

Cartoon by Leslie Illingworth in the Daily Mail, January 1941.

By Mark Bryant

Mark Bryant profiles the brilliant wartime cartoonist who chronicled the actions of Italy’s Fascist leader.

The cover of Manga, October 1940. Axis foreign ministers Ribbentrop, Matsuoka and Ciano toast their pact against the Allies.

By Mark Bryant

Mark Bryant looks at the cartoons published in imperial Japan during the Second World War.

Franklin's 'Join, or Die', in the Pennsylvania Gazette, May 9th, 1754.

By Mark Bryant

Mark Bryant looks at the first political cartoon – and one of the most influential ever – to be published in America.

By Mark Bryant

Continuing his series on how cartoonists have seen events great and small, Mark Bryant looks at the impact of Sputnik, the first artificial satellite to be put into Earth orbit and a Soviet triumph in the Cold War.

By Mark Bryant

Mark Bryant looks at the way caricaturists viewed the scandal engulfing France at the end of the 19th century.

Doctor Syntax

By Mark Bryant

Mark Bryant discovers the world’s first cartoon character, who sold large numbers of books, and all manner of merchandising.

By Mark Bryant

Cartoon historian Mark Bryant looks at the origins of some of Dickens’ best-loved characters, and finds clues in the work of cartoonists of the novelist’s youth.

The world being carved up into spheres of influence between Pitt and Napoleon.

By Mark Bryant

Cartoon historian Mark Bryant looks at the work of the man who invented the art of political cartooning, and asks what effect his drawings had on one of their targets.