Dynamite diplomatists

Accession Number ART02415
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 48.2 x 50.7 cm; image: 47 x 50.7 cm
Object type Drawing
Physical description brush and ink, pencil and blue pencil on paper
Place made United Kingdom
Date made 1916
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Depicts the figures of two German men; one is standing and crying, while the other is seated at a desk, writing in a ledger book. The text accompanying this cartoon, when it was published in the 'Daily Sketch' in London, 18 August 1914, was ;' Hyphenated: - "Was! No more but dventy-fif tollar a pomp to trow away? I was always get me dirty tollars, nicht? " Diplomatists:- "Never! Never when the Iron Cross and the expression of Imperial gratitude are included'. This work relates to the 'Ambassadorial procedures related to drawing up a nicely calculated scale of prices for bomb outrages upon the persons and property of their hosts'. From 1915, a number of Dyson's caricatures were published, characterised by his response to Germany's military monarchy. Using a figure loosely based on the Kaiser, Dyson identified the 'common enemy' and attacked it with vigour. When some of his anti-German cartoons were published in 1915, they were accompanied by the following foreword; 'Mr. Dyson...responds to all the fearful pressure of this war in cartoons. He perceives a militaristic monarchy and national pride a threat to the world, to civilisation, and all that he holds dear, and straightaway he sets about to slay it with his pencil...he turns his passionate gift against Berlin." Will Dyson was the first Australian official war artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making records of the Australian involvement in the war. He was formally appointed as an official war artist, attached to the AIF, in May 1917, working in France and London throughout the war. His commission was terminated in March 1920.