Turkey and the Russian Bear

Honoré Daumier. Actualités, no. 36; Chargeons les Russes (Let’s Make Caricatures of the Russians), no. 10. Le Charivari.

The Northern Bear, the most disagreeable of all the known bearsApril 17–18, 1854. LD 2493.

“The Northern Bear, the most disagreeable of all the known bears.”

The bellicose Russian Bear as an autocrat with all of its subjects kneeling at its feet.

John Tenniel. Punch

The Russian Bear in both images is shown threatening Turkey during the dispute over the guardianship of the Holy Places. Note the British Lion lounging in the background of the Initial, “T.”

Turkey in DangerCartoon.
April 9, 1853

Paws OffInitial
June 4, 1853

John Tenniel. Cartoon. Punch.

July 10, 1853

the Bear and the Bees -- A New Version of an Old Story“The Bear and the Bees — A New Version of an Old Story”

This print plays on an old folktale where a bear threatens to use his great strength against a hive of bees if they do not give him free honey. The bees refuse, and when the bear sticks his tongue in the hive to take the honey by force, the bees attack him, and their combined stings make the bear run away. Here, the Turks play the role of the bees—with their mosques resembling beehives—in beating back the advances of the Russian army on Turkish territory.

Honoré Daumier. Actualités, no. 77. Le Charivari.

June 29, 1854

David and GoliathLD 2521.

“David and Goliath.”

Czar Nicholas I (Goliath) takes on the Turkish Empire (David).

John Tenniel. Cartoon. Punch.

July 30, 1854

The giant and the dwarf“The Giant and the Dwarf”

The Allied Army of France and Great Britain (the Giant) urges Turkey (The Dwarf) to continue fighting, given its success against the Russian Army in the Danubian Principalities.