Story: Cartooning

James Brown and the 'old identities'

James Brown and the 'old identities'

Dunedin engraver James Brown produced New Zealand's first political cartoons, featuring caricatures of the 'old identities', prominent figures in the Otago settlement of the 1840s and 1850s. This cartoon comments on Provincial Superintendant William Cargill (left) appointing William Henry Cutten (right) as commissioner of Crown lands in 1856. Cutten, who was already provincial secretary, was also Cargill's son-in-law. The cartoon was published in James Barr's 1879 book The old identities.

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Pencil drawing by James Brown

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Ian F. Grant, 'Cartooning - Cartooning in a new land, 1840 to 1899', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 October 2021)

Story by Ian F. Grant, published 22 Oct 2014