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Sotheby’s to Auction The Political Cartoon Collection of Jeffrey Archer

10th March 2018 - 14th March 2018

On 14th March, Sotheby’s London will offer for sale this collection to benefit a number of charitable educational institutions.

Jeffrey Archer and Chris Beetles have spent 30 years putting together this group of 240 pictures; over sixty of the greatest political cartoonists with the works spanning 220 years of predominantly British and American politics.

From the first cartoon acquired for the collection in 1986 (a drawing by Ronald Searle showing the public’s reaction to the infamous Graham Sutherland portrait of Winston Churchill), to the last (a recent Matt cartoon of the numbers falling off the front door of No 10 Downing Street), care has been taken to build a comprehensive collection, presenting the best of three centuries of a particularly British art form that seeks to record and satirise the world of politics.

The collection has never been seen in its entirety in public before, and Sotheby’s pre-sale display (10-13 March 2017) will present an erudite and entertaining museum-quality exhibition.

Sixty-Four different cartoonists are represented, including major artists such as Gillray, Rowlandson, Cruikshank, Sir John Tenniel, Sir Max Beerbohm, E H Shepard, Sir David Low, Vicky, Giles, Searle and the best living political cartoonists, including Peter Brookes (The Times), Gerald Scarfe (formerly of The Sunday Times) and Ralph Steadman.

Public exhibition: 34-35 New Bond Street, London W1A 2AA
Saturday 10th March 12noon – 5pm
Sunday 11th March 12noon – 5pm
Monday 12th March 9am – 4.30pm
Tuesday 13th March 9am – 4.30pm



10th March 2018
14th March 2018


34-35 New Bond Street
London, W1A 2AA