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George Speaight Punch & Judy Collection

25th December 1882 (printed)

unknown

Height: 32 cm, Width: 20.1 cm

S.1047-2010 T&P

A double sided cutting from 'The Truth: Christmas Number', published on December 25th 1882, entitled The Medical Booth. George Speaight Punch & Judy Collection

A double siding cutting from a periodical. The front side entitled The Medical Booth with a central cartoon labelled The Vivisectionist's Dream in which animals are shown conducting experiments on men. Below this image is a comic song entitled The Song of the General Practioner and this is part of a comic sketch which parodies the style of operetta popularised by Gilbert and Sullivan to comment on current events and personalities. These figures appear in a series of cartoons on the other side of the paper, each of which is accompanied by a short verse from another song in the same style as the first.

A double siding cutting from the 'Christmas Number' of the satirical political journal Truth. Taking as its theme a comic drama which it titles The Medical Booth, it parodies the style of operetta popularised by Gilbert and Sullivan to comment on current events and personalities. These figures appear in a series of cartoons, each of which is accompanied by a short verse from a song. Amongst the events, institutions and figures commented on are 'The Stock Exchange', 'The Mansion House Fund', the Church (and Archbishop of Canterbury in particular) and even Henry Irving and Ellen Terry. The cutting is part of the George Speaight Punch & Judy Collection.

Accepted by HM Government in Lieu of Inheritance Tax and allocated to the V&A in 2010.

Location: In Storage

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