My Christmas Puzzle
Help please! One of the don's many excellent presents this year was a nineteenth century cartoon -- of a general in a (slightly odd) Roman triumph (why is the triumphal chariot being pulled by bulls, for example?). But our question is: what is it satirising?
We think that the guy is the chariot is Disraeli (we have found some other examples of Dizzy with a little beard). But what is the occasion?
Why, for example, is he holding a bunch of flowers (husband's bright idea was that -- if it is Disraeli -- it was drawn to commemorate his little-known prize at the Chelsea Flower Show). And what is the scene of crowning on the banner?
Then, of course, who is the quite distinctive outrider on the horse. We couldn't even make a stab at his identity (and there's more flowers in the upturned helmet behind him, and is there any significance in the clock on the temple being at seven o clock?).
The artist signs himself, by the way, "J W" -- and it's not J W Bengough, who seems always to have signed himself with his full name.
Any help much appreciated.
And meanwhile on a completely different topic, here are two of the family in a transgender impersonation of Byron and A. Boleyn. These masks are not only a great present (I think you can get them at the National Portrait Gallery) ... but they made me see quite how brilliantly illusory simple masks can be.