Representations of British Imperial Expansion

The other day, we had a look at some images of Uncle Sam’s rapid, rather unsightly, growth. Today’s post features images of British imperial expansion through large char(ic)atures (yes, that was deliberate):

"The English World Kingdom, or Bloody Cartography," Lustige Blatter, as seen in "The History of the Nineteenth Century in Caricature"

“The English World Kingdom, or Bloody Cartography,” from Lustige Blatter, as seen in The History of the Nineteenth Century in Caricature (1904)

"The first kiss this ten years," Gillray, January 1803

“The first kiss this ten years,” Gillray, January 1803

"Greedy Johnnie," J.S. Pughe, Puck, 19 February 1896

Greedy Johnnie,” J.S. Pughe, Puck, 19 February 1896, via the United States of America’s Library of Congress

But never fear, the US and UK can also operate as imperial powers in tandem! (Coming up next.)

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