For the Defence, 1868. Artist: John Tenniel

For the Defence, 1868. Artist: John Tenniel

1-150-539 - The Cartoon Collector/Heritage-Images

For the Defence, 1868. This cartoon refers to Edward Eyre, Governor of Jamaica during the years 1864-65. In October 1865, there had been an uprising of black workers in Jamaica, starting in Morant Bay. General Eyre had proclaimed martial law and the ringleaders had been summarily dealt with by shooting or hanging. Eyre was suspended pending enquiry, although, at the time, Punch held that the Governor had been justified in that his prompt action had probably saved the island's white population from butchery. The case against General Eyre began at the beginning of June 1868 and this cartoon, in accordance with Punch's sympathies, shows the ghost of the former PM, Lord Palmerston, chiding his successor, Disraeli, for not doing anything to save the disgraced governor. In the background, Eyre sits clutching his paper, whose headline is 'Jamaica Saved'. From Punch, or the London Charivari, June 6, 1868.

Image Details


  1. 06/06/1868
  1. 0350000376
  1. 06/06/1868
  1. 1-150-539
  1. 1150539
  1. 376

Digital Image Size

Pixel Dimensions (W x H) : 3668x5123
File Size : 55,053kb

People Information

  1. John Tenniel, attributed to: British: Artist, illustrator, painter
  2. Benjamin Disraeli, attributed to: British: Statesman, novelist, prime minister
  1. Edward John Eyre: British: Governor of Jamaica, politician, statesman

  1. Engraving

Picture Type
  1. Satire

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