The British Lion's Vengeance on the Bengal Tiger

The British Lion's Vengeance on the Bengal Tiger. Punch, 33 (22 August 1857): 76-77. Scanned image by Philip V. Allingham. [This image may be used without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose.]


Like "Justice," this cartoon shows the degree to which Punch and the popular press wanted vengeance against the native troops who had committed atrocities against women and children. Note how using the lion to represent England and the tiger to represent India does several things: first, it conveys the impression that the two parties are equal, which they are not. Second, it relies on a diametrical opposition of England and India, colonizer and colonized, when in fact the British were able to put down the mutiny in part because large numbers of Indian troops remained loyal. [GPL]

More Punch commentary on the 1857 Indian Mutiny (Sepoy Rebellion)

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Last modified 17 May 2004