Double trouble

Place Oceania: Australia
Accession Number ART95081
Collection type Art
Measurement Sheet: 28 x 38.4 cm; Image: 24.5 x 33.6 cm
Object type Work on paper
Physical description pencil and black crayon with brush and wash, heightened with white on paper
Maker Mahony, Will
Place made Australia: New South Wales, Sydney
Date made c. May 1939
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: AWM Licensed copyright


This drawing, made to be published in a daily newspaper, depicts Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini signing the Pact of Friendship and Alliance between Germany and Italy, otherwise known as the Pact of Steel. Designed only months before the outbreak of the Second World War, Mahony shows great insight into the fraught nature of the alliance. The Pact itself was broken when Germany invaded Poland in September 1939.