Before the Trial

Before the Trial

John Tenniel


Wood engraving

Punch (9 March 1867)

Mr. Gl—dst—ne. “We could settle it in five minutes, you know, if ——”

Mr. D—is—li. “Yes, if the ‘parties’ would only listen to reason.”

Signed with monogram lower left.

In a cartoon generated by a play on the word “parties” Tenniel presents the leaders of the Tories and Whigs (or Liberals) as lawyers for opposing sides wanting to compromise, which they see as a sensible course of action. — George P. Landow

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