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Punch cartoon: New Crowns for Old Ones. Benjamin Disraeli (as Aladdin) with Queen Victoria - the Royal Titles Act 1876 recognising the Queen as Empress of India (engraving)

Punch cartoon: New Crowns for Old Ones. Benjamin Disraeli (as Aladdin) with Queen Victoria - the Royal Titles Act 1876 recognising the Queen as Empress of India (engraving)


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Punch cartoon: New Crowns for Old Ones. Benjamin Disraeli (as Aladdin) with Queen Victoria - the Royal Titles Act 1876 recognising the Queen as Empress of India (engraving)

6034849 Punch cartoon: New Crowns for Old Ones. Benjamin Disraeli (as Aladdin) with Queen Victoria - the Royal Titles Act 1876 recognising the Queen as Empress of India (engraving) by Tenniel, John (1820-1914) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Punch cartoon: New Crowns for Old Ones. Benjamin Disraeli (as Aladdin) with Queen Victoria - the Royal Titles Act 1876 recognising the Queen as Empress of India. Illustration for Punch, Volume 70, January - June 1876.); Look and Learn / George Collection

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This engraving captures a satirical moment in history, as depicted by the renowned artist John Tenniel. In this Punch cartoon titled "New Crowns for Old Ones" we witness an amusing exchange between Benjamin Disraeli and Queen Victoria. Dressed as Aladdin, Disraeli presents a metaphorical gift to the Queen: the Royal Titles Act 1876 recognizing her as Empress of India. The cartoon cleverly reflects the political climate of Victorian Britain and its expanding empire. With wit and humor, Tenniel highlights the colonial ambitions of the British Empire while poking fun at Disraeli's role as Prime Minister. The exaggerated caricatures add an element of amusement to this scathing satire. Queen Victoria, portrayed with regal poise, accepts the crown offered by Disraeli with a hint of skepticism. The scene symbolizes not only Britain's desire for dominance but also their willingness to trade old titles for new ones in pursuit of imperial glory. Tenniel's intricate details and skillful composition bring life to this historical moment. Through his artistry, he invites viewers into a world where politics meets fantasy, leaving us entertained yet contemplative about power dynamics and colonialism. This remarkable print from Fine Art Finder serves as a visual reminder that even in serious matters such as politics, humor can be used effectively to convey important messages about society and its leaders.

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