Punch issue 1 binding cover

Periodical

Description

English

Mr Punch first appeared in puppet shows in Britain in the 17th century. He was an unstoppable force of chaos, hanging the Devil himself in this 1842 cartoon by William Newman in the first compilation of the humorous weekly Punch.

Full title
Detail of Mr Punch killing the Devil, taken from the binding cover of issue 1 of Punch
Published
1841
Format
Periodical
Creator
William Newman
Held by
British Library
Shelfmark
C.194.b.199

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