Gerald Scarfe exhibition

Gerald Scarfe caricature

Hung, drawn and slaughtered. Five decades of political caricatures by Gerald Scarfe.

A loan display of the work of Gerald Scarfe, satirical cartoonist, showcasing five decades of political caricatures, was exhibited in Portcullis House at the Houses of Parliament, from 20 September until 18 December 2008.


Margaret Thatcher, Harold Wilson and Edward Heath, copyright Gerald Scarfe

The artist

Gerald Scarfe's work has been published in Private Eye, the Daily Mail and the New Yorker, and he has been a regular contributor to the pages of the Sunday Times for more than 40 years.

Scarfe regards himself as "a commentator on politicians and society in general. The way we all are. I say what I feel; it is not just a portrait." He accepts that his drawings don't change anything, "but on occasion I hope they may crystallise a mood or sum up an attitude." Gerald Scarfe, 2005.

About the exhibition

This display of over 60 works, loaned by the artist from his private collection, brought together a selection of his cartoons of leading British politicians and political events over five decades.

This included nine different Prime Ministers and 13 general elections alongside the political events which defined the period 1960 to the present day.

Related Information

Hung, Drawn and Slaughtered

Watch the BBC film on our Gerald Scarfe exhibition

Virtual tour of the Scarfe exhibition

Take our virtual tour of the Scarfe exhibition.