Punch issue 1 binding cover

Description

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
Publishers:  
Punch
Format:
Periodical
Creator:
William Newman
Held by:
British Library
Shelfmark:
C.194.b.199

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The tragedy and comedy of Mr Punch

Article by:
John Harris Dunning, Paul Gravett
Theme:
Art and anarchy in British comics

Comics have repeatedly outraged the establishment, moral guardians and other vested interests – prompting protests, prosecutions and parliamentary intervention.

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