Punch Volume 126 Title-page

[Russo-Japanese War]

Edward Linley Sambourne (1844-1910)


Process (pen and ink)

Punch title-page volume 126

Sambourne chose Japan’s devastating defeat of Russia in the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-05 as the image to open Punch’s year. We can see a Japanese castle in the background as the smaller Japanese fighting cock knocks the crown off the head of the Russian imperial eagle. Meanwhile an Englishman with a pith helmet leans over a fence and looks on.

Image capture and text by George P. Landow.

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