The lapse of censorship, party politics, and political revolution redefined the relationship between print and political authority in the 17th century. The press expanded beyond all previous bounds with the explosion of ephemeral publications, particularly newspapers, pamphlets, engravings, satires, and broadsides. This exhibition examines the ways in which authority was constructed through new genres of print while addressing contemporary anxieties about veracity and misrepresentation. Topics include: the invention of newspapers, the representation of royalty in ballad broadsides, print and religious culture, partisan propaganda, and new forms of graphic satire.
(Picture: William Andrews Clark Memorial Library)