<< YCBA Home Yale Center for British Art Yale Center for British Art << YCBA Home

YCBA Collections Search

IIIF Actions
Sala, George Augustus, 1828–1895

The Great Exhibition "wot is to be".

Additional Title(s):

Wot is to be

[London?] : [publisher not identified], [1851?]
Physical Description:
1 printed handkerchief : linen ; 40 x 54 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Textiles 5c
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
View by request in the Study Room [Request]
Note: The Study Room is open by appointment. Please visit the Study Room page on our website for more details.

Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
Related Content:
View catalog record for Sala's variant work of the same title
Satirical print, on linen, depicting the buzz of preparations for the Great Exhibition of London, 1851. The print has the same title and similar subject matter as a panorama by George Augustus Sala issued as: The Great Exhibition "wot is to be", or, Probable results of the industry of all nations in the year '51 : showing what is to be exhibited, who is to exhibit it; in short, how its [sic] all going to be done / by Vates Secundus. London : The Committee of the Society for Keeping Things in their Places [i.e. Ackermann], 1850 (see link herewith). The content depicted in the present handkerchief, however, appears to be entirely original.
The handkerchief satirizes politicians and other notable figures. Those ridiculed include Disraeli "as a Hebrew gent," Alexis Soyer with "His patent Digester and magic Gridiron," and Lord Brougham "as a senator & a French Citizen." It also includes several images lampooning America, including "Two Genuine Yankees prouder of their Stars & stripes than paying their debts" with a caricature of a white man whipping an enslaved man.
Subject Terms:
African Americans -- Caricatures and cartoons.
Crystal Palace (Great Exhibition, 1851, London, England)
Great Britain -- History -- Victoria, 1837-1901 -- Caricatures and cartoons.
Great Exhibition (1851 : London, England) -- Caricatures and cartoons.
Political satire, English.
Slavery -- United States -- Caricatures and cartoons.
Satires (Visual works)
Cloth prints.
Printed textile materials.
Ethnic stereotypes.

If you have information about this object that may be of assistance please contact us.