German pathos

Accession Number ART02241
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 51.6 x 40 cm; image: 51.6 x 40 cm
Object type Drawing
Physical description brush and ink, charcoal, pencil on paper
Place made United Kingdom: England, Greater London, London
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 a forlorn looking Kaiser Wilhelm II, wearing formal attire and a hat, crying and clasping hands with a hairy, two horned beast. The cartoon was published in the 'Daily Sketch', London, 10 April 1916. When published, the cartoon was accompanied by the title 'Hollweg and the Unappreciated Hun'. Theobold von Bethmann-Hollweg (1856-1921) served as Chancellor of Germany from 1909-1917. Although considered politically liberal for the time, Hollweg swung from right to left in an ongoing effort to govern by compromise. It was also Hollweg's action in handing the 'July Crisis' with Austria-Hungary that tipped the balance in favour of war. Dyson's distinctive biting satire was aimed at war and later directed at Kaiser Wilhelm, epitomising the prevailing anti-German sentiment. 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.