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Melbourne Punch Ajax defying Lightning Fawkner engraving 1856

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Melbourne Punch - Ajax defying the Lightning (Fawkner) (The Age)


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Antique print relating to Australia


Mr Punch sits up in the heavens as Zeus, whilst John Pascoe Fawkner stands below as Ajax. Fawkner published the first Melbourne newspaper 'The Melbourne Advertiser' in 1838. Perhaps this cartoon refers to Fawkner's publisher business as under threat from the three newspapers 'The Age' 'The Argus' and 'The Herald' which are the labels on the lightning bolts. 'Poses Plastiques' is a reference to a style of performing where the actor assumes the pose of a famous, normal Classical, statue. Melbourne Punch began in 1855. From 1855-1861 Nicholas Chevalier was one of the principal cartoonists most of whose work was engraved by Samuel Calvert. CONDITION : A couple of foxing spots.

Additional Information

artist Anon.
method Wood-engraving
date 1856
size 260mm by 210mm (sheet)
SKU AU6813