An Appeal

An Appeal

John Tenniel

Punch (13 June 1896)

An Appeal. India. "I have found the men, sahib! — why should I find the money too?"

John Bull. "'Pon my word, my dear, I really don't see why you should!"

Scanned image obtained by Jacqueline Banerjee, courtesy of the Cecil Hotel, Shimla [This image may be used without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose.]

Commentary

Here, Tenniel shows the figure of India holding a bill of charges, headed "Troops for Suakim." There would be a parliamentary debate on the cost of the Indian contingent's expedition to the Sudanese port of Suakim on 17 July 1896. Punch's political cartoonist, well-known for his much earlier cartoons on the Indian uprising of 1857 (especially "The British Lion's Vengeance on the Bengal Tiger" and "Justice"), seems to have softened in his stance towards the sub-continent.