An Honest Penny

WAG 4677


This work is inscribed: "What have you been doing all day?" "Writing an article for the Gadfly." "Who about?" "Robert Browning," "Suppose you've read a lot of him?" "Not I! But I met him once at an Afternoon Tea." This cartoon was published in 'Punch' on 11th April 1896. 'Punch' was a magazine founded in 1841 by writer Henry Mayhew and engraver Ebenezer Landells. The idea came from the French satire newsapaper, 'Le Charivari'. In homage, the first issue of 'Punch' was subtitled, ‘The London Charivari’. 'Punch' was internationally famous for its humour and wit. Its political and social cartoons captured English life in the 19th and 20th centuries. The term ‘cartoon’ previously referred to a preliminary sketch made for murals or stained glass windows. 'Punch' and other illustrated publications adapted the term and introduced the concept of ‘cartoon’ as we know it today.