M994X.5.273.77 | Blackwash and Whitewash. Illustrating the Recent Great Opposition Speeches, and the Doings of the Jolly Royal Commission

 
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Blackwash and Whitewash. Illustrating the Recent Great Opposition Speeches, and the Doings of the Jolly Royal Commission
John Wilson Bengough
1886, 19th century
Ink on newsprint - Photoengraving
25.3 x 31.5 cm
Gift of Dr. Raymond Boyer
M994X.5.273.77
© McCord Museum
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"Illustrating, " as the legend goes on to say, "the recent great Opposition speeches, and the doings of the jolly Royal Commission." The Reformers, of course, lost no opportunity of painting Sir John in grimy colors; while it was generally acknowledged that the Royal Commissioners and the Consrvative press did little more during the excitement than "whitewash" him. (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, September 20th, 1873