Plate X1V, 'A Glut in the Market'. 6½ x 7½. Wood engraving by an unknown engraver. Lady Impulsia's encounter with the Egyptians, who, in the manner of uncivilized foreigners, act in inappropriate ways – this time offering their children for sale. The image is a typically ignorant and xenophobic reflection on the manner and customs of the non-British. The character's secure position as a British citizen is symbolized by her hat, which recalls Britannia's in conventional iconography. As so often in comic takes on tourism and foreign travel, the viewer is given the opportunity to laugh at foreigners – a patronising stance embodied in the racial stereotypes. [Click on image to enlarge it.]

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Lady Dufferin [Helen Blackwood.Lispings from Low Latitudes. London: Murray, 1863.

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