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Exhibition view © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Exhibition view © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The V&A presented a display celebrating 50 years of Private Eye magazine. Since it was founded in October 1961, the magazine has distinguished itself from other titles by its unique combination of humorous cartoons and satire with hard-hitting journalism.

The display explored the wealth of artistic talent that the magazine has fostered, showing the original artwork for over 120 of Private Eye’s finest and funniest cartoons. Since its beginning, ‘The Eye’ has published and promoted the work of more than 90 artists, many of whom started their careers at the magazine, including Gerald Scarfe, Ralph Steadman, William Rushton, Barry Fantoni, Michael Heath, John Kent, Ed McLachlan, Nick Newman and Grizelda.

Video: Inside Private Eye

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This content was originally written in association with the exhibition 'Private Eye: The First 50 Years', on display at the V&A South Kensington from 18 October 2011 – 8 January 2012.

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