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