British Cartoon Archive

The British Cartoon Archive (BCA, previously known as the Centre for the Study of Cartoons and Caricature) is located in Canterbury at the Templeman Library of the University of Kent. It focuses on the history of British cartooning over the last two hundred years. It holds artwork for more than 150.000 British editorial, socio-political, and pocket cartoons, supported by large collections of comic strips, newspaper cuttings, books, and magazines. The collection of artwork dates back to 1904. Over three hundred cartoonists are represented, among whom W.K. Haselden, Will Dyson, Sidney Strube, David Low, Vicky, Emmwood, Michael Cummings, Ralph Steadman, Mel Calman, Nicholas Garland, Chris Riddell, Carl Giles, Martin Rowson, and Steve Bell. Many of the cartoons have been digitized and catalogued, and can be found among the 170.000 digitized items on the BCA website.

Basic and advanced search in the entire catalogue are possible. In addition, items can be browsed according to cartoonist. There is also a list of subjects, under ‘Available groups’. These groups have not been created by the BCA, but by registered users.

Images are shown in high definition. They can be downloaded in low resolution for free (in JPEG format).

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