Past events

Historical Perspectives on French Press Drawings

After having looked at the presentation of contemporary press drawings in our exhibition "Dessins en Liberté", join us on Friday 26 May at 6pm to learn about newspaper cartoons of the past.

Dr Jonathan Henscher from the University of Manchester will give a brief overview of the history of French newspaper drawings from the French Revolution to May 1968, and Dr Matthew Screech from Manchester Metropolitan University will talk about artists from the "Canard enchaîné" who used Hergé’s Tintin to express their political vues.

About Jonathan Hensher: Jonathan is currently Lecturer in French Studies at the University of Manchester. He graduated with a PhD from the University of Manchester in 2005 with a thesis on the translation and illustration of Ludovico Ariosto’s work in France in the 18th and 19th centuries. His research has since then focused on illustrated books, and he has written articles about illustrations of fairy and oriental tales in the 18th century. He is currently working on fantasy in literature and on the link between storytelling and illustration in the illustrated editions of Jacques Cazotte, Prosper Mérimée and Guy de Maupassant.

About Matthew Screech : Matthew graduated from a PhD on Symbolist poetry from UCL 1989. He is now Senior Lecturer in French at Manchester Metropolitan University.
He has published several works about French comics, including ‘Masters of the Ninth Art’ (2005) and articles about Edmond Baudoin (2007), cartoon adaptations of Voltaire’s ‘Candide’ (2013) and Hergé’s graphic style, the clear line (2016).
A talk on the subject of political drawings he gave at Dalhousie University Nova Scotia in 2010 can be accessed via the online journal ‘Belphégor’.
He is currently working on the contribution that photos have made to the myth of May 68.

This talk, in both English and French, will last approximately one hour and is open to everyone.

Please call 0161 2367117 or e-mail us on for more information