In this portrait acquired by the publishers of Punch magazine, instead of his usual clownish costume, Mr Punch looks almost aristocratic in a Regency red-velvet smoking jacket. Punch cartoonist Leonard Raven-Hill painted him as ‘a shrewd, kindly old gentleman with a twinkle in his eye, but easily roused to wrath at any form of injustice.’
- Article by:
- John Harris Dunning, Paul Gravett
- Art and anarchy in British comics
Comics have repeatedly outraged the establishment, moral guardians and other vested interests – prompting protests, prosecutions and parliamentary intervention.