Punch,  28 (1855), [145].

The Queen Visiting the Imbeciles of the Crimea

[John Leech]


Illustration, Satire

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John Leech


Medical Treatment, War, Government, Hospitals, Nutrition, Charlatanry

    Shows Queen Victoria standing before three pathetic looking effigies. One, labelled 'Medical Department', consists of a bottle of medicine supported on wooden legs and crutches, with a balding, bespectacled head (probably a representation of the Director-General, Andrew Smith). Standing next to this is a figure with a pig's head dressed in the costume of a Royal Navy officer and bearing the label 'Routine'. The third effigy, labelled 'Commissariat ', has a turnip for a head, a box of 'Green Coffee' for its neck, and a set of shelves for a torso. These caricatures highligh the incompetence of the Army, the Royal Navy, and the Treasury Commissariat Branch in providing adequate medical and food supplies for the Crimean troops.

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