Private Eye: illustrative journalism

Founded in October 1961, 'Private Eye' magazine made a name for itself with its combination of biting humour, satirical cartoons and hard-hitting journalism.

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. In this film, we meet Private Eye cartoonist Ken Pyne and go behind the scenes at the magazine's offices.

Private Eye: The First 50 Years was on display at the V&A South Kensington from 18 October 2011 – 8 January 2012. 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 – many of which are in the V&A's collection.

Background image: Pedestrian entrance; not-very- pedestrian entrance, drawing, Richard Jolley, 2011, England. Museum no. E.223-2012. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London