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Cartoon about the Ottoman Empire

  • Cartoon of the Ottoman Empire


This cartoon appeared in the popular British magazine Punch on September 15, 1853. In it, France is personified based on the mustachioed Emperor Napoleon III, and Britain appears as the symbolic figure John Bull. They confer at the apparent deathbed of Abdulmecid I, the Sultan of Ottoman Empire, popularly referred to as Turkey. The specter of Russia with a cat 'o nine tails whip hovers above the bed of the sultan, in anticipation of his demise and the break-up of the Empire.

Cartoon about the Ottoman Empire, 1853


Leech, John. “A Consultation About the State of Turkey.” Punch. September 17, 1853. Courtesy of the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University. Accessed June 4, 2021.

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