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Harry Furniss: Trials and Tribulations of an MP

This Cartoon sketch is meant to depict the stresses of an MP's life while being an active member of the House of Commons. Although sitting down, the man is displayed as finding no time to relax from the inescapable duties of an MP. Each hand in the sketch is meant to express the constant pressure of more and more trials and tribulations. Sketches like this were a warning of the harsh life of politics and public service. Harry Furniss (1854-1925) was a famous artist and illustrator who created this drawing and many others like it. His most celebrated drawings were published in Punch (a British weekly magazine), where he began working in 1880 and helped create over 2,600 drawings.