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"Pre-War Politians by Edmond Kapp"
2001-02-17 until 2001-04-22
Barber Institute of Fine Arts
UK United Kingdom
In the run of the British General Election, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts is staging an exhibition featuring some of the most prominent politicians of the early 20th century who were portrayed by Edmond Kapp (1890-1978), a leading British draughtsman and caricaturist. The display is taken from the Barber Institute's large collection of Kapp's drawings and includes such leading figures as Sir Winston Churchill, Sir Oswald Mosley, George Lansbury and Lord Birkenhead.
The Barber Institute has 243 of Kapp's portraits and caricatures, far too many to display at one time, so this exhibition offers a taste of the collection and a glimpse into a political age which, although increasingly remote, continues to shape our world.
The collection of drawings was purchased by the Barber Institute directly from the artist in 1969 and is the most comprehensive gathering of his caricatures in Britain. Although he remains most famous for these lighthearted works, Kapp also served as an official War Artist in World War II and his draughtsmanship was called upon to design stained glass for the University of Yale's Law School Library.