The New Year's Gift

The New Year's Gift. Punch, (2 January 1858): 5.

Pam (To Sir Colin.). "Well — Upon my word — Eh! — I'm really extremely obliged to you — But — Eh! — How about keeping the brute?"

The unruly tiger represents India (a map of which appears on the hall) only recently pacified after the Sepoy Muntiny of 1857; Pam is the Prime Minister, Lord Palmerston; and Sir Colin is Sir Colin Campbell, the British general appointed to quell the Indian uprising. For another Punch cartoon featuring these two, see Every Inch A Soldier.

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

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