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Joseph Swain Gallery

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Choose from 350 pictures in our Joseph Swain collection for your Wall Art or Photo Gift. Popular choices include Framed Prints, Canvas Prints, Posters and Jigsaw Puzzles. All professionally made for quick delivery.

'The Divided Skirt', 1886. Artist: Joseph Swain Featured Print

'The Divided Skirt', 1886. Artist: Joseph Swain

'The Divided Skirt', 1886. This cartoon shows the Liberal Prime Minister, Gladstone. Now 76 years of age, and in his third term in office, Gladstone was undoubtedly the grandee of the Commons. By now, he had been dubbed the 'Grand Old Man' by Henry Labouchere in 1881, and this had been shorted to GOM by many. He is fitting a decidedly matronly Britannia with her first divided skirt. This relates to one of Gladstone's first Bills on regaining office early 1886. However, the Irish Home Rule Bill was deeply divisive, even though it was apparently designed to settle all outstanding matters once and for all. It did lead to the resignation from the Cabinet of the Radical, Joseph Chamberlain who cited the blow to 'the security of the Empire' as his primary reason. From Punch, or the London Charivari, April 24, 1885.

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Three Jolly Post Boys!, 1888. Artist: Joseph Swain Featured Print

Three Jolly Post Boys!, 1888. Artist: Joseph Swain

Three Jolly Post Boys!, 1888. William Henry Smith is on the left in this cartoon. He was the First Lord of the Treasury and Leader of the House in Lord Salisbury's Conservative government. In the centre is Charles Ritchie and, on the right, George Goschen, the Chancellor of the Exchequer. In full hunting rig, the three gentlemen propose a toast. In the background, a carriage laden with the Local Government Bill and National Defences can be seen. The Local Government Bill had just been put forward. This proposed the inauguration of separate boards for local government. Major towns were designated as county boroughs, and counties were to be governed by elected councils. However, it also specifically excluded women from the new county councils. From Punch, or the London Charivari, May 19, 1888.

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'The Grand Old Janus', 1887. Artist: Joseph Swain Featured Print

'The Grand Old Janus', 1887. Artist: Joseph Swain

'The Grand Old Janus', 1887. Gladstone is the statue of Janus, the Roman god of doorways. Janus is usually depicted with two faces looking in different directions. Janus approves the scene to the left in which a British policeman hands out summary justice to a ruffian. He disapproves of the scene to the right in which an armed officer, dressed in the style of the French police, deals with a similar ruffian. Even as early as the late Victorian period, the debate was being opened on whether or not British policemen should be armed. The view that it would only lead to the criminals arming themselves also is evidenced by the ruffian on the right having armed himself with a club. From Punch, or the London Charivari, November 26, 1887.

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