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Publisher: BACON, G.W.
Title: (Design for Hark ! Hark ! The dogs do bark.)
Published in: London, ca. 1914
   
Size: 21.1 x 29.1 inches.
53.5 x 74.0 cm.
Colouring:

In original colours.
Condition: Pen and ink with water colour on thin paper. Paper thinning on old folds. The size of the paper is 535 x 740mm., size of the outer line of the drawing is 470 x 690mm.
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This pen and ink drawing could well be the original design for the lithography "Design for Hark ! Hark ! The dogs do bark" designed by Johnson, Riddle & Company Ltd.
The drawing is slightly smaller in size than the lithography (See Lot 34004 in this auction).
When comparing we think we recognize the hand of the lithographer in this drawing.
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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. 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.

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.

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Reference: Bryars and Harper, A history of the 20th century in 100 maps, pages 46 and 47.



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Lot number: 38745

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