‘The Brummagem Frankenstein’ in Punch, or the London Charivari
Storage Journal AP 101 P8 1865-67
London: Published at the Office
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.
John Tenniel, “‘The Brummagem Frankenstein’ in Punch, or the London Charivari,” ourheritage.ac.nz | OUR Heritage, accessed January 20, 2022, https://ourheritage.ac.nz/items/show/10849.
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