M994X.5.273.61 | The Young Lady's Appeal to a "Gallant Knight"
The Young Lady's Appeal to a "Gallant Knight"
John Henry Walker (1831-1899)
1886, 19th century
Ink on newsprint - Photoengraving
31.5 x 25.3 cm
Gift of Dr. Raymond Boyer
© McCord Museum
Keywords: Cartoon (19139) , politics (general) (2228) , Print (10661)
Keys to History
Sir Francis Hincks was the author of the Canadian "Shinplaster" currency, a scheme adopted to drive out the American silver. The cartoon will be understood from the following legend which accompanied it: -
Miss Canada: O, Sir Francis, I am suffering so much from this light American silver skate. It is no mate for the heavy gold one on my other foot. The doctors differ, but I shall never get along without another gold one.
Sir Francis H---s: The doctors be fiddled! Who asked the doctors? I'm your doctor! You shall have the gold skate, my dear. Mr. Weir will attend to it. Meantime you can strengthen your ankle with a twenty-five cent Dominion plaster.
Miss Canada: A thousand thanks. Oh, I'm so glad! (Aside: "But I'll burn the Plaster!")
Sir Francis H---s (whose hearing is sharp): I hope you will?
(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 Grinchuckle, February 10th, 1870