A Dangerous Crossing

A Dangerous Crossing

Gordon Thomson (fl. 1866-1886)

Wood engraving by the Dalziels

Fun (20 November 1878)

Disraeli in the role of a crossing sweeper (but wearing a crown because he is now Lord Beaconsfield) guides, or rather pulls, a reluctant, fearful Britannia across the street while holding her pocket book labelled “British Interest.” Gladstone and others cry “Go back” — all in reference to the British government's recent ultimatum to Ameer Ali, the Afghan ruler.

  • The Ultimatum
  • Courtesy of the Suzy Covey Comic Book Collection in the George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida.

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