English Labourer’s Burden


This cartoon, appearing February 24, 1849, appears to be anonymous. An English labourer struggles under the weight of a grinning Irish peasant, carrying a sack with £50,000, the amount of a relief grant recently given to Ireland.

A note below the subtitle reads “[See Sinbad the Sailor.

See also, a related cartoon from Punch’s competitor, The Puppet Show, published January 6, 1849.