The Irish Devil-Fish
John Tenniel, artist
Punch (18 June 1881)
“The creature is formidable, but thee is a way of resisting it * * * * The Devil-Fish, in fact, is only vulnerable through the head.” Victor Hugo, Toilers of the Sea, Book IV, Ch. iii.
Gladstone grabs the throat of the octopus-like monster, which wears the hat that caricaturists use for Irish Fenians, as he attempts to stab “Land League.” The monster’s arms bear the labels “rebellion,” “terrorism,” “sedition,” “intimidation,” “obstruction,” and “outrage.”
Image capture and text by George P. Landow
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