Cartoon of the Week: Cartoon Characters


In the UK in the late 19th century, political cartoons were prolifically pasted around a constituency during an election. This is one of 270 in a spectacular collection held by Leeds Public Library. It shows a third party candidate – John De Morgan (whose biography appears on this blog) – being supposedly offered money by the Conservative candidates to split the Liberal vote. The election went so badly for De Morgan (he withdrew) that, within a couple of months, he emigrated to the US. For some excellent insights to these cartoons by Anthony Ramm, see:



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