The Cheeky Chick


William Newman (1817-1870)

Week ending 17 July 1841

Punch, Vol.I (1841)

Newman shows a jovial Mr Punch stringing up a grotesque devil, to illustrate the new journal's agenda: to attack "the principle of evil by increasing the means of cultivating the good," a message soon spelled out in writing. Ironically, it takes a specific stand against the death penalty. [Commentary continues below; mouse over the text for links.]

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