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This compelling monograph depicts the antiquarian Lord Kenneth Baker's extensive collection of satirical art that focused on the reign of Great Britain's King George III. George's 60-year reign (1760-1820) was marked by the monumentally influential conflicts of the American Revolution and the Seven Years' War, before it ended ignominiously in years of isolation and mental illness. For those whose anticipation of the 2008 political campaigns is colored by fear, this time capsule from an era two centuries removed may prove to be a depressing reminder that vitriol is endemic to political discourse. However, the vulgar motifs running through these antique depictions of George III's reign will shock most 21st-century readers and may induce the reassuring realization that today, at least-stained dresses notwithstanding-we are spared such Hogarthian glimpses into our political leaders' excretory functions, which the 18th-century pamphleteers promulgated. Illustrators of the day had no qualms about depicting their king and queen being raped or nude party leaders sharing chamber pots. This focused portfolio of vintage satire documents a time when both political and artistic discourse were more coarse and fearless; recommended for most collections.-Douglas F. Smith, Berkeley P.L., CACopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.