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Creator:
Sala, George Augustus, 1828-1895, artist.
Title(s):

The Great Exhibition "wot is to be".

Additional Title(s):

Wot is to be

Published/Created:
[London?] : [publisher not identified], [1851?]
Physical Description:
1 printed handkerchief : linen ; 40 x 54 cm
Holdings:
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Textiles 5c
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Copyright Status:
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Related Content:
View catalog record for Sala's variant work of the same title
Classification:
Prints
Notes:
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.
Racism -- Great Britain.
Slavery -- United States -- Caricatures and cartoons.
Form/Genre:
Satires (Visual works)
Handkerchiefs.
Cloth prints.
Textiles.
Printed textile materials.
Ethnic stereotypes.
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