Cartoons about Irish Home Rule.
Two cartoons for the price of one!
In the weeks leading up to the First World War, while the events in Europe did get coverage, the Irish Question and Home Rule was much more significant. On 22nd July, Punch published this full page cartoon:
Sir Edward Carson was an Irish unionist politician, barrister and judge. He was leader of the Irish Unionist Alliance and Ulster Unionist Party between 1910 and 1921. Historian John Brown says that “His larger than life-size statue, erected in his own lifetime in front of the Northern Ireland parliament at Stormont, symbolizes the widely held perception that Northern Ireland is Carson’s creation.”
John Redmond was an Irish nationalist politician, barrister, MP in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party from 1900 to 1918.
On 12th August 1914, Punch published this smaller cartoon: