In pictures: Private Eye cartoons

image captionA new book, Private Eye - A Cartoon History, contains more than 1,000 strips and cartoons that have featured in the satirical magazine over the past five decades. They include this representation of Harold Macmillan by Trog (Wally Fawkes), which uses the Conservative prime minister's famous 1957 declaration that "most of our people have never had it so good" to comment on the 1960s' sexual revolution.
image captionEdited by Nick Newman, himself a Private Eye cartoonist, the book combines amusing reflections on modern life with pointed observations on political themes. This image from Ralph Steadman, published in the 1970s, offers an acerbic view of relations between coal miners and the media. Steadman, now 77, would later become famous for his collaborations with the US writer Hunter S Thompson.
image captionTwo decades later, the perceived "greyness" of Tory Prime Minister John Major gave ample ammunition to his namesake John Kent. In this edition of his 'John Major's Big Top' strip, the beleaguered leader is shown being undermined by Norman Lamont, Michael Portillo and Norman Tebbit, all of whom had been fiercely loyal to his predecessor, Margaret Thatcher (glimpsed behind the door).
image captionYet it was not only Conservative politicians who have felt the lash of Private Eye's satirical whip over the years. Here Tony Blair and his colleagues - press officer Steve Bates, Robin Cook, Gordon Brown and Harriet Harman - face the indignity of being likened to chart-topping band the Spice Girls on the eve of New Labour's 1997 electoral triumph.
image captionThe change in the public's perception towards Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie was effectively summarised in this 2007 cartoon by Giles Pilbrow, which juxtaposes the celebratory mood of their arrival at 10 Downing Street with the more rancorous reception they faced on their departure.
image captionAs much as politics has occupied the minds of Private Eye's cartoonists, it has not been to the detriment of other subjects. This drawing is the work of "rock and roll cartoonist" Ray Lowry, who also created the cover work for The Clash's 1979 London Calling album.
image captionThe Royal Family have also offered much inspiration to Private Eye's team of illustrators, among them former lumberjack and bus driver Martin Honeysett. "Cartoonists themselves come from all walks of life, from artists to actors, teachers to taxi drivers," Nick Newman writes in his foreword.
image captionPrivate Eye is also renowned for its commentary on the media, thanks in part to Ken Pyne's Corporation Street strip. First published in 1986, the cartoon tells "an everyday story of broadcasting folk" and here satirises the famous Panorama interview Diana, Princess of Wales gave to Martin Bashir in 1995.
image captionWith more than five decades to choose from, it is hardly surprising that some subjects and concepts recur in this 312-page tome. Here a Dalek-themed cartoon by David Haldane from the 1990s is juxtaposed with a more recent illustration by Nick Newman himself.
image captionPrivate Eye regular Ed McLachlan is well-known to its readers for his depictions of animals, be they rabbits, dinosaurs or, in this case, hedgehogs. Private Eye - A Cartoon History is available now, priced £25.

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