The Dashing White Sergeant

The Dashing White Sergeant

Edward Linley Sambourne (1844-1910)

Wood engraving

Punch (11 February 1882): 71

Punch’s Fancy Portraits No. 70

“And I will be your — Ballantine.”

According to Wikipedia, Serjeant William Ballantine SL (1812-1887), served as a Serjeant at Law, which permitted him to wear a white cap of that rank. He decided not to cross-examine the Prince of Wales in a famous divorce case, thereby preventing the Prince from perjuring himself and embarrassing the royal family. He lost the case.

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