04/27/2011 03:39 pm ET | Updated Jun 27, 2011

Royal Wedding Satire No Match For James Gillray's Georgian Caricatures

The imminent Royal Wedding between England's Prince William and commoner Kate Middleton has met with a wide array of artwork created in response. The pieces, which cast varying degrees of approval on the nontraditional couple, may appear scandalous by the standards of today's media, but wait until you see some of the images in the slideshow below. Drawn from the large collection of artist James Gillray's work and supplemented with an immortal piece of Richard Newton's, these caricatures were published in England at the turn of the 19th century. They were often merciless depictions of the political, sexual and class issues of the day, and remind us, above all, that scandal is relative.