Friday, 30 January 2015

A Cartoon & Comic Book Tour of #London No.11: The Cartoon Museum @Cartoonmuseumuk

Our new series for 2015! Daily Constitutional editor Adam takes us on a Cartoon & Comic Book Tour of London – 20 stops on a metropolis-wide search for all things illustrated. 

He'll be taking in everything from Gillray and Hogarth, to Scooby Doo and on to Deadpool and beyond! In addition he'll guide you to the best in London comic book stores as well as galleries that showcase the best in the cartoonist's art. 

Panel 11: The Cartoon Museum

Two weeks ago we featured The Cartoon Museum as part of our Best Museums In London series – you can catch up with that post HERE

But our Cartoon & Comic Book Tour of London would be incomplete with mentioning it again. Firstly, here's how to find the Cartoon Museum…

There it is, tucked away in plain view, struggling to be noticed in the presence of that upstaging old ham The British Museum.

Just to clarify: the good people at the Cartoon Museum are not describing the BM as an "upstaging old ham". That's all my own work, folks.

Indeed when Anita O'Brien, the curator at the Cartoon Museum got in touch with The Daily Constitutional recently, one of the first things she did was direct us to the British Museum as a great resource for London-themed cartoons. The example she sent was a George Cruikshank cartoon from the 1820s commenting on the spread of our metropolis - CLICK HERE to see the cartoon on the British Museum website.

Anita was writing in response to our request for a London-themed cartoon recommendation and she sent us not one, but two, in the shape of this pair of marvellous Heath Robinsons…

"There will be Heath Robinson stuff in the WWII exhibition, "Anita added, referencing the upcoming Heckling Hitler exhibition…

 … of World War Two cartoons which opens on 25th March. Thanks Anita!

The Cartoon Museum
35 Little Russell Street

Still to come on our Cartoon & Comic Book Tour of London… From Hell, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, DC Thomson, and a wonderful indy comic book as recommended by Orbital comics, Metroland (my new favourite comic book).

A London Walk costs £9 – £7 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at

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