THE OFFICIOUS PASSENGER LORD JOHN. 'EXCUSE ME, FRIEND BRIGHT, BUT DO YOU COMMAND THIS SHIP OR DO I?'

THE OFFICIOUS PASSENGER
LORD JOHN. 'EXCUSE ME, FRIEND BRIGHT, BUT DO YOU COMMAND THIS SHIP OR DO I?' by SIR JOHN TENNIEL

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SIGNED WITH MONOGRAM AND DATED 1866
INSCRIBED WITH TITLE AND PUBLICATION DETAILS ON ORIGINAL MOUNT
PENCIL
8 1/4 X 6 1/4 INCHES
PROVENANCE: MARY GREEN (NEE TENNIEL). THE ARTIST'S SISTER,
AND THENCE BY FAMILY DESCENT
ILLUSTRATED: PUNCH, 20 JANUARY 1866, PAGE 26
EXHIBITED: 'THE ILLUSTRATORS. THE BRITISH ART OF ILLUSTRATION 1837-2012',
NOVEMBER 2012 - JANUARY 2013, NO 116

The Officious Passenger
Following the death of Lord Palmerston on 18 October 1865, Lord John Russell became Leader of the British Liberal Party and Prime Minister for his second term of office. Russell was more in favour of reform than Palmerston, and so committed the ministry to a reform bill, which proposed to enfranchise respectable' working men. However, he also found the Liberal backbencher, John Bright (1811-1889), to be too radical and too vocal in his own reforming zeal.

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