The Two Memnons —Jointly Noting

The Two Memnons —Jointly Noting

Linley Sambourne

Wood engraving

Punch (28 January 1882)

Mr. Punch uses an image of the famous ancient Egyptian Memnon statues to comment satirically on the shaky Anglo-French agreement to protect Egypt and the Suez Canal. The collar of the seated figure at left has the design of the Union Jack while that of the one representing France has the patterns of that country’s flag. Both figures look askance at each other as a ship steams through the Suez Canal at their feet.

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