Things One Would Have Wished to Have Expressed Differently

WAG 4664


This work is inscribed with the words: Guest: "Well, goodbye, old man! -- and you've really got a very nice little place here!" Host: "Yes, but it's rather bare, just now. I hope the trees will have grown a good bit before you're back, old man!" This cartoon was published in 'Punch' on 5th November 1877. '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.