Drawing on History: The Gunpowder Plot

Mark Bryant looks at the rich tradition of cartoons and caricatures inspired by the Gunpowder Plot.

'Guy-Vaux, discovered in his attempt to destroy the King and the House of Lords - His Companions attempting to Escape', by James Gillray, May 14th, 1791. Edmund Burke discovers Fox (Fawkes) and R.B. Sheridan - both supporters of the French Revolution - about to set fire to gunpowder casks.The 1605 Gunpowder Plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament and kill James I, his family and most of Britain's politicians and aristocracy also occasioned one of the country's first ever political prints, more than 70 years before the birth of William Hogarth.

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