atthew Somerville Morgan (1837-1890) is probably – aside from the men of Punch – the best-known and best-studied cartoonist of the Victorian Age. A conservative and aspirational man, but expressing often quite radical views, Morgan’s twin cartoons for The Tomahawk, imagining Queen Victoria having abandoned the throne, or – worse – allowed her Highland Gillie John Brown to take control, are still well-known today. But they were just one aspect (or two) of a much more variegated career and life-story. — Richard Scully
Cartoons for Fun
- Defeated — Wounded — Captured
- Painters, Beware! A Fact
- Political Whist
- Excursion Intelligence
- A Fitting Question
- A Surising Success
- The Dryads of Disfranchisements
- Ireland's Opportunity
Illustrations for Robinson Crusoe
- Crusoe a Slave
- Crusoe and the Planters
- Crusoe Loading His Raft
- Crusoe Making a Coat
- Crusoe at Dinner
- Crusoe in His Fort
- Crusoe Instructing Friday
- Crusoe and Friday on the Hill
- Crusoe and Friday Felling Wood
- Crusoe Conferring with the Spaniard
- The Mutineers Overpowered
- Death of the Rebel Captain
- Crusoe Welcomed by the Spaniard
- The Pirate Firing the Hut
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