M994X.5.273.191 | General Distress

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General Distress
John Wilson Bengough
1886, 19th century
Ink on newsprint - Photoengraving
25.3 x 31.5 cm
Gift of Dr. Raymond Boyer
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Cartoon (19139) , politics (general) (2228) , Print (10661)
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Hon. Dr. Tupper's suggestion for a cartoon representing the Finance Minister as General Distress giving the people the word of command "Starve!" was of course adopted by Grip's obliged artist. Certain liberties were, however, taken in interpreting the word "people" which may not exactly have met the honorable gentleman's idea. It was nevertheless true that the class of our population which at the moment exhibited most signs of starvation was the professional politicians of the Opposition. (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 Grip, June 8th, 1878