M994X.5.273.36 | A Scene in the Quebec Circle

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A Scene in the Quebec Circle
A. P. Inglis
1886, 19th century
Ink on newsprint - Photoengraving
25.3 x 31.5 cm
Gift of Dr. Raymond Boyer
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Cartoon (19139) , politics (10928) , Print (10661)
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Keys to History

This cartoon refers to matters of current interest in the Quebec Local House, was originally accompanied by the following rhyming comment:

Pity the sorrows of a little man*
Weighted with load beyond his puny power;
He does his best- the best a small man can-
But sinks, contorted, in the trying hour.

Chauveau would willingly bestow his aid,
But, all engrossed, stuffs Education "Bill;
"While Cauchon's grunt is heard from out the shade,
"Root, hog or die," he cries, "It is my will!"

*Christopher Dunkin, whose name is associated with the well-known Dunkin Act of subsequent years.

(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 Diogenes, March 19th, 1869