Disraeli measuring the British Lion

Drawing
1849 (made)
Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

With the founding of Punch in 1841, Leech gradually established himself as the foremost artist of early Victorian pictorial satire in its pages. In this cartoon he trades on the stereotypes of his time. He caricatures the politician Disraeli as a Jewish tailor, measuring the British Lion, (further caricatured and dressed as an Irish peasant) for a suit.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Brief Description
Preliminary drawing for a cartoon for Punch, 1849, Vol XVII, p.36, by John Leech, Britain
Physical Description
Pencil caricature of Disraeli measuring the British Lion.
Dimensions
  • Sheet height: 28.7cm
  • Width: 22.5cm
Style
Subjects depicted
Summary
With the founding of Punch in 1841, Leech gradually established himself as the foremost artist of early Victorian pictorial satire in its pages. In this cartoon he trades on the stereotypes of his time. He caricatures the politician Disraeli as a Jewish tailor, measuring the British Lion, (further caricatured and dressed as an Irish peasant) for a suit.
Collection
Accession Number
D.309-1904

About this object record

Explore the Collections contains over a million catalogue records, and over half a million images. It is a working database that includes information compiled over the life of the museum. Some of our records may contain offensive and discriminatory language, or reflect outdated ideas, practice and analysis. We are committed to addressing these issues, and to review and update our records accordingly.

You can write to us to suggest improvements to the record.

Suggest Feedback

record createdApril 10, 2003
Record URL