"The Best of Punch Cartoons" is a superb book. It is the biggest collection of cartoons ever published from the most famous humour magazine of them all, and is packed with superb gags and beautiful artwork by some of the world's finest artists of the past two centuries. The page size is huge, showing the cartoon art off in the best possible manner. And at more than 600 pages, this book is an essential purchase for any fan of cartoons, visual humour or of the legendary "Punch" magazine.
"a remarkable collection" The Independent. "a New Yorker might tickle you, but a good Punch could draw blood" The Times. "a reminder of what an extraordinary position the magazine sustained for more than a century and a half." Today, Radio 4. "dead-cert best-seller anthology - handsomely thorough." The Guardian.
Text is provided by, and this enormous collection has been selected by Helen Walasek, of Punch Cartoon Library and former Curator of the Punch collection.
The cartoons are portrayed in chronological order, from 1841 to the end of the twentieth century, with special features on themes that inspired Punch's artists, the magazine's famed political cartoons - the 'Big Cuts' - and some of the magazine's most prominent cartoonists: Artists: John Leech * Charles Keene * George du Maurier * Phil May * HM Bateman * EH Shepard * Fougasse * Pont * Arthur Watts * Paul Crum * Sillince * Anton * Gerard Hoffnung * Rowland Emett * Norman Thelwell * Michael ffolkes * Mike Williams * Michael Heath * Peter Birkett * Tony Husband * Ronald Searle. Special features: New Technology * Photography * The Great Exhibition of 1851 * Women's Rights * Early Motoring * The Big Cuts * WW2 * The Space Race * New Technology * Holidays * Psychiatry * Lemmings * Caricatures