Punch,  50 (1866), [113].

The Gossips

John Tenniel *


Illustration, Caricature

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J T *


Government, Politics, Human Development, Domestic Economy, Medical Practitioners

    Following PU1/50/11/3, this set of caricatures shows leading statesmen as 'mothers' inspecting and gossiping about the newborn 'baby'—i.e. the reform bill. The baby is hidden by the roof of its cot, but the mothers include John Russell (1st Earl Russell), who carries a tray of 'Caudle' drink, and Benjamin Disraeli. In the background the Chancellor of the Exchequer, William E Gladstone, looks on sternly, and the context of , PU1/50/11/3 suggests that he might be the incomprehensible 'doctor' of the associated poem.

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