Punch,  57 (1869), [255].

Penance for Pancras Guardians

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Illustration, Drollery

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Utilitarianism, Class, Human Development, Nutrition

    Shows the Christmas dinner given to paupers at the St Pancras Poor Law Union. In the foreground, Mr Punch cuts slices of a gigantic Christmas pudding, while next to him (in a stark reversal of their usual uncaring role), poor-law guardians fall to their knees and hand plates of pudding to rows of seated (and thankful) paupers. In the spirit of Christmas, the windows and walls of the room are decorated with wreaths, a Mr Punch puppet, and toy windmills.

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