World-famous Punch cartoons now via TopFoto

Punch (Front cover, 24 April 1963)
TopFoto press release – 5 December, 2018.

Media researchers world-wide will now be able to access the world-famous Punch cartoons (since 1841) at TopFoto, who have signed an exclusive with the Punch Cartoon Library for image licensing.

Image professionals can easily source from the digital Punch Cartoon Library at, now the authorised representative.

The TopFoto team also offers the extra benefit of free expert in-house support, searching the Punch hard copies for rapid processing and upload.

Flora Smith, TopFoto’s Managing Partner, says: “It’s a huge honour to represent the Punch cartoons. They nailed the issues of the day and because of that, the images thunder down the centuries to our own time.”

Punch, “the defender of the oppressed and the scourge of authority”, was the greatest satirical-political magazine of all time.  It pictures Britain when it was the largest Empire in history and the most powerful nation in the world.

Over 161 years, the magazine documented the changing face of British humour and played a central role in the formation of British identity.

One can trace a clear arc from Punch at its best all the way through to The New Yorker, Private Eye, Spitting Image and beyond.

Browsing through, it is startling how relevant the cartoons are and how powerfully they lend themselves to today’s issues.

There are limitless possibilities in the Punch content to support contemporary creative narratives.

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Picture credit: Punch (Front cover, 24 April 1963) ©Punch Limited / TopFoto