SATIRICAL AND POLITICAL PRINTS ON THE JEWS’ NATURALISATION BILL, 1753

The impulse to satirise public men or measures in picture is probably as old as satiric verse. The political cartoon is an effective agent in moulding public opinion. Its success depends on the prescience of the artist, and his ability to seize at a critical moment a burning question of the hour, while public excitement is still at a white heat. The best and most telling cartoons are those which do not merely reflect current public opinion, but guide it. Pictorial satire is a most effective weapon in the hand of him who fights against that which he believes to be evil, in social or political life. The satiric artist is able to hold up his opponents to ridicule, and at the same time obtain partisans to his own views. It is supposed that this particular form of art originated in Italy, developed in Holland, and attained its maturity in

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