Mary Dorothy George

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M Dorothy George
Born Mary Dorothy George
1878 (1878)
London, England
Died 1971 (1972) (aged 93)
London, England
Occupation Historian,
Known for Historian

M Dorothy George (1878–1971), née Gordon, was a British historian best known for compiling the last seven volumes of the Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires Preserved in the Department of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum, the primary reference work for the study of British satirical prints of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. [1]. Educated at Cambridge University she graduated in 1899 with a first class degree in History[2]. During the first World War she worked in British Intelligence for MI5[2]; before returning to academia.

George's work on the BM Satires, begun in 1930 on the invitation of the Museum Trustees[2], was a massive work of great scholarship[2] that systematised a large corpus of previously undocumented source material and recorded its complex historical context. Her work covered over 13,000 prints from the "golden age" of British satirical printmaking and its leading artists James Gillray, Thomas Rowlandson and George Cruikshank.

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  • George, M Dorothy (1935–1954). Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires Preserved in the Department of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum. vols 5 (1935) to 11 (1954). British Museum. 
  • George, M Dorothy (1931). England in Transition: Life and Work in the Eighteenth Century. Routledge. 
  • George, M Dorothy (1959). English Political Caricature. 2 Vols. Oxford University Press. 
  • George, M Dorothy (1964). London Life in the Eighteenth Century. 
  • George, M Dorothy (1967). Hogarth to Cruikshank: Social Change in Graphic Satire. Viking. 
  • George, M Dorothy (1972). England in Johnson's Day. 

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