Too "Civil" By Half

The Governor-General Defending the Poor Sepoy.

Punch 33 (7 November 1857): 191

This cartoon opposing merciful British rule treatment of native insurgents, like "The Clemency of Canning," shows the degree to which Punch and the popular press wanted vengeance. The British public, still incensed by the atrocities committed against women and children, obviously wanted bloody justice, an attitude conveyed by some of Punch's allegorical treatments of the subject, such as "The British Lion's Vengeance on the Bengal Tiger" and "Justice."

More on the 1857 Indian Mutiny

  • The Asiatic Mystery
  • 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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