Punch,  47 (1864), 31–32.

Punch's Essence of Parliament



Regular Feature, Proceedings, Drollery


Museums, Comparative Philology, Zoology, Display, Politics, Government

    Reports the parliamentary debate on the British Museum, in which Spencer H Walpole observed that the public would not be able to see various new acquisitions 'until those beasts and birds shall be taken away'. Adds: 'While we can see four beautiful giraffes and two hippopotamuses alive, it is too absurd to fling lovely Greek marbles into a cellar, to leave room for that dusty splitting old straddler of a camelopard, and the wooden-looking river-horse at the Museum'.

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