Cartoons: Private Eye at the V&A

Private Eye front cover, No.1147, 9-22 December, 2005 © Private Eye

To be honest, we weren’t entirely sure that this exhibition celebrating the first fifty years of Private Eye was going to be our thing but as soon as we walked in, we changed our mind. It’s displayed in two rather small rooms which is just as well because practically every spare bit of wall is covered with either Private Eye covers, or cartoons by illustrators Willie Rushton, Gerald Scarfe and Ralph Steadman. And, gosh, they are funny. So much so, that people stand around chuckling and laughing out loud. For this is a magazine that really doesn’t take itself seriously, from the lawyer’s injunctions from Zac and Jemima Goldsmith to Ian Hislop’s rather messy desk. So if you’re in the mood for something funny, satirical and extremely cheering, we can’t recommend this exhibition enough.

Private Eye: the first 50 years at the V&A
Until 8 Jan 2012
Studio Gallery, Rooms 17a and 18a, Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL
— Francesca
20th October 2011