M994X.5.273.13 | The Way Brother Jonathan Will Astonish the Natives. Annexation Comes in by the Rail, while Liberty flies off in the Smoke

 
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The Way Brother Jonathan Will Astonish the Natives. Annexation Comes in by the Rail, while Liberty flies off in the Smoke
John Henry Walker (1831-1899)
1886, 19th century
Ink on newsprint - Photoengraving
31.5 x 25.3 cm
Gift of Dr. Raymond Boyer
M994X.5.273.13
© McCord Museum
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Keywords:  Cartoon (19139) , politics (general) (2228) , Print (10661)
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This was another attack upon the annexation sentiment which prevailed in Lower Canada. Mr. Papineau is again the principal figure, and "Punch's" idea was that if Annexation were ever realized its first effect would be to rob the French-Canadians of the special privileges they enjoyed under British rule. The artist's conception of Brother Jonathan is somewhat unique. (Excerpt from: Bengough, John Wilson. A Caricature History of Canadian Politics: Events from the Union of 1841, as Illustrated by Cartoons from "Grip", and Various Other Sources. Toronto: The Grip Printing and Publishing Co, 1886.)

Cartoon originally published in Punch in Canada, 1849