Art: Time for Comedy

The most popular new exhibition in London last week was at the stodgy old Royal Society of Arts. Strictly for the hot weather, the society had assembled 162 cartoons and sketches, by 50 artists, chosen to reflect the British sense of humor. Princess Elizabeth, in cool green and white, gave the show a royal launching with a tour of inspection that covered a century and a half of evidence.

Among the more conspicuous exhibits on the walls of the society's sedate Georgian library were the rowdy etchings of James Gillray; he and his bibulous...

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