Art Hx: Visual and Medical Legacies of British Colonialism

A cartoon showing a black octopus with a human head with stereotyped Asian features. The octopus's tentacles wrap around various white figures, representing different social types. The tentacles are labelled, from left to right: Cheap Labour, Pak Ah-Pu, Immorality, Small-pox, Typhoid, Opium, Bribery, Fan-Tan, Customs Robbery.

Title:  Mongolian Octopus: His Grip on Australia

Artist/Maker: Phil May

Date: 1886

Source: State Library of New South Wales

Copyright/Permissions: Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales

Location(s): Sydney, Australia

Art Hx