Open Unwrapped Dec 15th: Wet and weary Father Christmas

University of Edinburgh festive bauble gift by Pingked (Flickr) CC BY-NC

A warm welcome for a wet and weary Father Christmas, from an 1872 edition of Punch magazine.Punch, or The London Charivari was a British weekly magazine of humour and satire established in 1841 by Henry Mayhew and engraver Ebenezer Landells.

The comic is titled ‘Wet, But Welcome’ and text underneath the image reads:

Mrs Bull. “La! Father Christmas, You’ve only to get into your dry clothes and take plenty of this, and you’ll be merry enough, I warrant!”. 

Wet and Weary Father Christmas

Punch, p.269, Copyright The University of Edinburgh, Open Access

Click here for the high resolution version of the image and record details


The copyright to this image is held by The University of Edinburgh and is Openly Accessible to the public. The Library and University Collections are currently working towards licensing this and other images.

Image digitised by the Digital Imaging Unit in the Centre for Research Collection, Edinburgh


Gavin Willshaw

Digital Curator

Library and University Collections

University of Edinburgh