'The Fight at St. Stephen's Academy', 1864. Artist: John Tenniel
'The Fight at St. Stephen's Academy', 1864. 'Mrs Gamp. Never Mind, My Dear! You done yer werry best to win; which that Master Gladsting is such a huncommon strong boy!' This cartoon depicts Disraeli, with his seconds in the shape of John Bright and the newspaper, the Standard, mopping the bloody nose he has received from Gladstone who, by all accounts, and contrary to expectation, had spoken against Disraeli to excellent effect. In late June, the Government had to answer their critics on the subject of why Britain had not gone to the aid of Denmark. Palmerston's reasons were numerous, but in July Mr Disraeli moved a vote of censure on the Government that they had failed to maintain their publicly stated policy of upholding the independence of Denmark. The debate went on for several nights until the movement was rejected by a majority of 18. From Punch, or the London Charivari, July 16, 1864.
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