LONDON, April 27, 2015 -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- An exhibition opening in London this week will explore the ways in which something as humble as the cartoon helped boost morale and inform the population in Britain during the Second World War. Heckling Hitler: World War II In Cartoon And Comic Art will be held at the Cartoon Museum in Bloomsbury from 25th March to 12th July 2015. This fascinating little museum is one of London's quirkiest, offering a great variety of changing exhibitions that show the importance, history and depth of cartoon and comic art. For more on the museum, and to see other London events taking place in the area this week, see LondonTown.com, where you can also find the latest information on London hotels, restaurants and shops.
Heckling Hitler will use more than 120 original drawings to show how World War II unfolded through the eyes of British cartoonists. Throughout the war, cartoonists and comic artists played their part in helping to raise morale. On the home front, their cartoons showed Britain 'how to make the best of things' (Heath Robinson) and encouraged people to keep 'smiling through' (Joe Lee). Posters produced for the Ministry of Information reminded the public that 'Careless Talk Costs Lives' (Fougasse) and that 'Doctor Carrot' was the 'children's friend'. Comic heroes like Desperate Dan and Lord Snooty kept the children entertained with stories showing how British pluck and guile would put one over on the dictators.
This exhibition concentrates mainly on newspaper and magazine cartoons from WWII. Included are works by HM Bateman, Will Dyson, 'Fougasse', Carl Giles, Leslie Grimes, Leslie Illingworth, 'Jon', 'Kem', Joe Lee, David Low, Donald McGill, 'Neb', Eric Roberts, 'Pont', William Heath Robinson, Ronald Searle, E H Shepard, Sidney Strube, Bert Thomas, 'Vicky' and Dudley D Watkins. Sample material from books, leaflets, artwork from The Dandy and The Beano, postcards and other publications produced as overseas propaganda have also been included, as well as unpublished cartoons drawn in prisoner-of-war camps and by civilians on the home front on scrap paper. There is even a rare pin cushion featuring Hitler and Mussolini. Together they evoke a Britain battered but unbowed that, with the help of its cartoonists, could smile in the face of adversity and win through in the end. For more information, see LondonTown.com.
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