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The Moon and I

I have an idea that this Victorian greeting card, published by Hidlesheimer & Faulkner, represents Lord Randolph Churchill. He was Leader of the House of Commons and Chancellor of the Exchequer aged just 37, the political career of Winston Churchill’s father ended in 1886.

Q Does anyone have a notion if this picture is a satire on a topical issue of the time?

MW

A The words come from The Mikado, from "The Sun Whose Rays". The Mikado opened in March 1885 and Yum-Yum, the woman who sings it is complimenting herself on her own beauty and ambition. The lyrics contain words such as:
I mean to rule the earth,
As he the sky —
We really know our worth,
The sun and I!

which I suspect would be seen to fit Lord Randolph Churchill.

Adrian

 

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