Joseph Swain

Bos Americanus

The Punch Magazine, or London Charavari, was a satirical British weekly magazine established in 1841. This large scale reproduction of the original cartoon depicts a caricature of an American Bull, mapped out into marketable cuts of meat, tossing a British butcher into the air. A knife sharpener and current prices of meat are splayed out around the butcher. Centered at the bottom of the piece are the words "'Bos Americanus;' or Yankee Beef and British Butcher." The work referenced the impact of British reliance on Northern American beef which increased during the 1870s.