'A Christmas Tree for the young French Prince', 1859. 'Mr Punch There, my dear, put away that nasty thing, and plant this.' Mr Punch reflects the mood of the people when he expresses his fears about the aims of the Emperor Napoleon. However, in accordance with the spirit of the season, he presents the next generation of Frenchmen, represented here by Napoleon's young son, with the tree of True Liberty. Topped with the hat often shown in Punch to identify France, Mr Punch hopes that the spirit of Christmas will prevail. It is worth noticing, though, that the young Prince Imperial, is in military dress and is armed! From Punch, or the London Charivari, December 24, 1859. (Photo by The Cartoon Collector/Print Collector/Getty Images)
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January 28th, 2021
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