Wicked Wit

'Wicked Wit: Darly’s Comic Prints' features over 100 hand-coloured comic prints produced in London by the husband and wife team of Mary and Matthew Darly and reflect the humour of Georgian society in the 1770s, poking fun, in particular, of the ridiculous dress of young men and women.

From the time of their marriage, they worked in tandem designing, engraving, publishing, and marketing a variety of art works. At the height of their fame, carriages lined the streets so their occupants could titter at the images on display in Darly’s Comic Exhibitions, held every spring from 1773 to 1778. By the end of the decade, they had become so popular that their publications were available throughout Great Britain and Ireland, Europe and even America. The exhibition, which is on loan from the Chester Beatty Library, is accompanied by a richly illustrated catalogue by curator Jill Unkel.

This exhibition is free to attend at the Ulster Museum.

Event Details


Ulster Museum
Botanic Gardens


Friday, March 30, 2018 - 10:00 to Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 17:00

Tickets and further information

This exhibition is free to attend at the Ulster Museum. Find out more here.