The Kaiser's burnt offering to the war god

Place Oceania: Australia, New South Wales, Sydney
Accession Number ART19607
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 50 x 32.7 cm; image: 40.8 x 28.6 cm (irregular)
Object type Work on paper
Physical description carbon pencil and wash heightened with white gouche on paper
Maker Lindsay, Norman
Date made 1915
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: AWM Licensed copyright


Illustration depicting the burning bodies of the German dead being offered by the Kaiser, who stands warming himself at the flames, to the German War-God. The War-God stands enormous in the background overlooking what is being offered to him.

The illustration is part of a series of war cartoons that Norman Lindsay generated during the First World War. Lindsay's wartime illustrations tended to be apocalyptic rather than satirical; representing the eternal forces of good against those of evil.