The Autocrat's War Song

Wood engraving

Punch 27 (1854): 210

​"The Autocrat's ​Song" is the type of comic opera patter song that Gilbert and Sullivan later made famous. Here, the Punch satirist imagines Nicholas I singing about his futile attempts to conquer the Ottoman Empire and secure control of the eastern Mediterranean through the Dardanelles.​

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