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Laughter Lines: Humour in Illustration

This study day focuses on humourous book illustration.

Humour is often key to the enjoyment of illustration, engaging our attention and involving our imagination. In The Good-Tempered Pencil, the famous illustrator Fougasse explained how humour can make the individual ‘aware of his ridiculousness either through the inner glow of his own sense of humour or the exterior illumination of that of others’. From biting satire to gentle ridicule, from slapstick comedy to intellectual wit, humour in illustration can take many forms. Cartoon illustration is also part of the visual vocabulary of many artists working in other media such as painting, sculpture and commercial graphics. Sparkling guest speakers look at the subject from a range of perspectives – as practising illustrators and artists, writers, curators and art specialists.

The day will be chaired by Stephen Calloway, Curator in Prints and the Book Section of the Word & Image Department, V&A and complements the V&A Illustration Awards, the premier awards for book and editorial illustration in the UK. The award-winning entries will be announced on 1 December 2004 and then displayed at the V&A until 27 February 2005. The V&A is keen to promote illustration, and has outstanding collections that are freely accessible to everyone.


Stephen Calloway | talks
Emma Laws | talks
Chris Beetles | talks
Posy Simmonds | talks
David Shrigley | talks


Date and Time:

20 November 2004 at 10:30 am


Full Day



Victoria and Albert Museum (learning)
Learning and Interpretation
The V&A Museum, Cromwell Road
+44 20 79 42 21 89

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£36.00, concessions apply

Available from:

To book call 0207 942 2211 or visit the V&A website at www.vam.ac.uk.

Additional Information:

Concessionary rates: senior citizens, Friends and Patrons of the V&A: £30. Students on state-funded courses: £10. Disabled people and ES40-holders: £5.00. Free places: a free place can be offered to a carer accompanying a registered disabled person. Ticket price includes morning coffee and afternoon tea.

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