Why Not Give Our Colonies A Chance? [Against Imports From Non-Commonwealth Countries]. William Mecham a. k. a. Tom Merry, British.
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Why Not Give Our Colonies A Chance? [Against Imports From Non-Commonwealth Countries]

1892. Colour lithograph, signed in image lower right, date and title above and below image, 32.5 x 47.2cm. Repaired missing portions and tears to centre of image, slight foxing to margins. Laid down on acid-free tissue.

Text reads “St Stephen’s Review cartoon, May 26th, 1892.”

Image favourably depicts imports from British colonies including Australia, West Indies and Canada, while disparaging the USA, France, Germany and Italy.

William Mecham was a British cartoonist and performer, taking the stage and pen name Tom Merry. He was a professional caricaturist who gave ‘Lightning Cartoon’ presentations on the music hall stage, and was the first celebrity of any kind to appear in a British film. Ref: Wiki.

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Item #CL181-89

Price (AUD): $1,100.00  Other currencies

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