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Abusing Power: Satirical Journals from the Special Collections Library

Man in the Moon

William Hone and George Cruikshank, Cover, The Man in the Moon, January 1820

In a burst of radical activity between 1819 and 1822, London bookseller William Hone produced a series of satirical pamphlets attacking the Tory administration of Lord Liverpool and George IV, who ascended to the throne in January 1820 after a long period as regent. Adapting the familiar format of popular chapbooks and parodying children’s nursery rhymes, Hone’s biting verse was powerfully reinforced by Cruikshank’s simple woodcut illustrations. The Man in the Moon ridicules George’s November 1819 address to Parliament, which heralded the introduction of repressive measures against supporters of political reform.

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