May, Phil (1864-1903; English)
“Jumps and Jim Jams: What Mr Brown saw last Christmas” 1888
Pen & ink on cream Bristol Board, 47.0 x 37.1 cm
Purchased, 1903 (advice of Bernard Hall)
State Library of Victoria (H30389)

This elaborate caricature was published in the Christmas supplement of the Bulletin, 22 December 1888 (in the form of a large coloured fold-out illustration).

Among the various grotesque creatures conjured up by the alcohol-fuelled dreams of Mr Brown – asleep on his doorstep at lower right – is an image (top centre) of then NSW premier Henry Parkes (1815-96), complete with fangs, holding a sheet of paper inscribed “HI.O.U.”

For other 1888 caricatures attacking Parkes, a favourite Bulletin target during the 1880s and 90s, see May (P.) The Mother of Civilization 1888 {1903} SLV [DR] and May (P.) The Parkes Appropriation 1888 {1903} SLV [DR].


AR 1903, p.24; NGV 1905, p.64 (II.Stawell Gallery, no.95) [£15/15] 

See SLV online catalogue (not reproduced); author’s photo. The Bulletin reproduction is on pp.16-17 of the Christmas issue. For further comments on Parkes, see May (P.) The Mother of Civilization 1888 {1903} SLV [DR] and (cataloguing a gouache caricature of Parkes by May, dating from c.1886-88)