Mars "Spare a copper, gentlemen for the sake of old times"

Accession Number ART19729
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 55.6 cm x 39.4 cm; image: 52.9 x 36 cm
Object type Work on paper
Physical description brush and ink with wash and pencil heightened with white on card
Maker Cross, Stan
Place made Australia: Western Australia, Perth
Date made 1917
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Unlicensed copyright


Mars, the Roman God of War, is now elderly and impoverished. Leaning against the gates to the League of Nations, he begs for money from the procession of men wearing top hats walking by - one of whom condescendingly flicks a coin in his direction.