Broadsides were mass-produced sheets of text and images, often sold in the streets, and functioned as a quick and easy way of disseminating information in the early 19th century. Popular subjects were politics, crime, and religion.
This broadside, printed around 1828, satirises the government and the monarchy; easily recognisable are George IV (top left), the Duke of Wellington (prime minister, top right) and Sir Robert Peel (home secretary, bottom centre).
- Article by:
- Ruth Richardson
- Popular culture, Reading and print culture
From public notes and broadsides to catchpennies and printed songs, Dr Ruth Richardson examines the variety of street literature which informed and entertained the public before newspapers were readily available.