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Accession Number ART19792
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 50 x 41 cm; image: 48 x 40.2 cm (irregular)
Object type Work on paper
Physical description pen and black ink on paper
Maker Lindsay, Norman
Place made Australia: New South Wales, Sydney, Australia: New South Wales, Sydney
Date made c 1918
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: AWM Licensed copyright


A gorilla representing Germany is tugging at the right arm of a man, pulling him down the path of 'war'. The man is clothed in caveman garments and holds a Roman dagger and a mallet in each hand. A female figure is pulling the man by the left arm drawing him towards 'peace' and the civilised world. The illustration is part of a series of war cartoon 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.