‘The Brummagem Frankenstein’ in Punch, or the London Charivari

Creator

Date

1866

Identifier

Storage Journal AP 101 P8 1865-67

Type

Publisher

London: Published at the Office

Abstract

John Bright was a leading radical voice in the House of Commons. On 27 August 1866, at the Great Reform Demonstration in Birmingham, Bright delivered the first of a series of speeches across Britain calling for increased voting rights. ‘I have no fear of manhood suffrage’, said Bright, ‘and no man is more a friend of the ballot than I am’. Here John Tenniel (best known for his 1865 Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland illustrations) portrays a terrified Bright tiptoeing past the working-class giant he has awakened. The 1867 Reform Act gave the vote to (male) skilled city workers, but excluded agricultural labourers.

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Citation

John Tenniel, “‘The Brummagem Frankenstein’ in Punch, or the London Charivari,” ourheritage.ac.nz | OUR Heritage, accessed November 27, 2022, https://otago.ourheritage.ac.nz/items/show/10849.