Mr. Bull's Expensive Toys

First Household Swell. "Sharp Work in Indiaw!"

Second Do. Do. "Ya'as! — What a baw a soldier's life must be!"

Punch 33 (31 October 1857): 181

Unlike most of Punch's cartoons on the Indian Mutiny, which call for vengeance, this one mocks the costly, prestigious military units staffed by members of the upper classes, such as the House Guards, who stayed home while others did the fighting. The cartoon's dialogue parody upper-class accents.

More on the 1857 Indian Mutiny

  • The Asiatic Mystery
  • Full Marching Order
  • Every Inch A Soldier
  • The British Lion's Vengeance on the Bengal Tiger
  • O God of Battles! Steel My Soldiers' Hearts!
  • Justice
  • The Red-Tape Serpent — Sir Colin's Greatest Difficulty in India
  • The Clemency of Canningh
  • Too "Civil" By Half
  • Scanned image by Philip V. Allingham; text by PVA and George P. Landow

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