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Engraving - Disraeli measuring the British Lion
  • Disraeli measuring the British Lion
    John Leech, born 1817 - died 1864
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Disraeli measuring the British Lion

  • Object:

    Engraving

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1849 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    John Leech, born 1817 - died 1864 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood engraving

  • Museum number:

    E.3837-1904

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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.

Physical description

Proof of a wood engraving for a cartoon for Punch, 1849. Vol XVII, p.36, depicting Disraeli measuring the British Lion.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

1849 (made)

Artist/maker

John Leech, born 1817 - died 1864 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Wood engraving

Dimensions

Height: 38 cm sheet, Width: 25.1 cm

Descriptive line

Proof of a wood engraving for a cartoon for Punch, 1849, Vol XVII, p.36, by John Leech, Britain

Subjects depicted

Irish; Politicians; Lions; Statesmen; Peasants; Ministers

Categories

Prints; Caricatures & Cartoons; Politics

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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