The Jolly Gardener

The Jolly Gardener. Jack R-ss-ll (A rival gardener). "Pooh! You'll have the season over before you've got enough for dish!"

Wood engraving

Punch (2 May 1857): 184

The "gardener" is clearly Lord Palmerston, and his rival peering over the fence Lord John Russell, architect of the First Reform Bill of 1832 and head of the reforming wing of the governing Liberals.

Related material on the Reform Acts

  • The Reform Acts: An Introduction
  • The Reform Act Crisis
  • Terms of the 1832 Reform Act
  • Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham

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