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Victorian greeting card

The Moon and I

I have an idea that this Victorian greeting card, published by Hidlesheimer & Faulkner, represents Lord Randolph Churchill. He was Leader of the House of Commons and Chancellor of the Exchequer aged just 37, the political career of Winston Churchill’s father ended in 1886.

Q Does anyone have a notion if this picture is a satire on a topical issue of the time?


A The words come from The Mikado, from "The Sun Whose Rays". The Mikado opened in March 1885 and Yum-Yum, the woman who sings it is complimenting herself on her own beauty and ambition. The lyrics contain words such as:
I mean to rule the earth,
As he the sky —
We really know our worth,
The sun and I!

which I suspect would be seen to fit Lord Randolph Churchill.


Caricature of Lord Randolph Churchill

A While not answering the question this little piece, nevertheless, makes an interesting item.

A small sketch from Ally Sloper's Half Holiday, illustrated newspaper of the 1880s, is accompanied by this text: A good many wise acres have already laughed loudly and long at Lord Randolph Churchill. He has been caricatured over and over again in comic papers of all sorts, Tory and Liberal alike, and has survived it.



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