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BACON, G.W. - Hark ! Hark ! The dogs do bark.

BACON, G.W. -  Hark ! Hark ! The dogs do bark.
Hark ! Hark ! The dogs do bark. - BACON, G.W.
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Title : Hark ! Hark ! The dogs do bark..
Map maker : BACON, G.W..
Date : London, Johnson Riddle & Co., 1914.
Size : 19.3 x 27.6 inches. / 49.0 x 70.0 cm.
Colouring : Chromo lithography.

Description :This very rare political caricature map of Europe depicts the continent at the outbreak of World War I, or as it was called at the time the Great War. Designed by Johnson, Riddle & Company Ltd. The Johnson, Riddle & Company Ltd was a well known printing company who worked with a team of lithographic artists. They played an important role in the production of posters.
The size of the map is 490 x 700mm., with underneath 4 columns of text. Size of the paper is 550 x 755mm.
We also offer a pen and ink with water colour design, in a slightly smaller scale who could be the original design or working copy of this lithography. (See Lot 38745)
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The principal countries in the conflict are depicted as the Dogs of War. Germany is identified as an aggressive Dachshund attached to its Austrian ally shown as a yapping mongrel.
Opposing them is the dandified French Poodle and the British Bulldog who has chomped onto the Dachshund's nose. Russia is depicted both as a traditional bear and as a massive steamroller driven into the heart of Europe by a determined-looking Tsar.
A giant British sailor is puppeteer for a huge naval fleet, while a Turk with his pet Dachshund controls a small German fleet in the Black Sea. The other countries are also boldly caricatured with humorous illustrations - a Spanish bullfighter, a knife-wielding Greek, an Italian carabinieri, a Swiss mountaineer, and a Serbian mosquito.
It would take a good deal of study to understand the totality of this map's political and satirical nuances.

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Bryars and Harper, A history of the 20th century in 100 maps, pages 46 and 47; Curtis 2016, 20-21; Baynton-Williams 2015, 206.
Condition : Chromolithographed map, folding into 4to. Remains of one sheet of paper wrapper still attached on verso.
Four very small pinholes on crossing of foldings. A 1cm. paper thinness on folding underlaid. Very good condition.
Size of the paper is 550 x 755mm.

ID: 34004

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