'A Word to The Wise', 1870. Artist: Joseph Swain

'A Word to The Wise', 1870. Artist: Joseph Swain

1-150-606 - The Cartoon Collector/Heritage-Images

'A Word to The Wise', 1870. In this cartoon, Britannia takes on the mantle of Homer's Pallas Athene, with Wilhelm I of Prussia dressed (apart from the headgear) as Ulysses. Britain had in fact maintained a neutral stance during the course of the war between France and Prussia. However, the French were suffering heavy defeats at Prussian hands, and many men had lost their lives. After a series of fierce battles around Sedan, Emperor Napoleon III had surrendered himself to King William. A revolution in France followed and, at the beginning of September, Napoleon was formally deposed and a Republic was proclaimed. Empress Eugenie fled to Britain. By the date of this cartoon, Prussian forces were approaching Paris. From Punch, or the London Charivari, September 24, 1870.

Image Details


  1. 24/09/1870
  1. 0350000443
  1. 1-150-606
  1. 1150606
  1. 24/09/1870
  1. 443

Digital Image Size

Pixel Dimensions (W x H) : 3684x5098
File Size : 55,023kb

People Information

  1. Joseph Swain, attributed to: British: Engraver
  1. John Tenniel: British: Artist, illustrator, painter
  1. Wilhelm I, Emperor of Germany, King of Prussia: German, Prussian: Emperor

  1. Engraving

Picture Type
  1. Satire

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