Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
Edward Thomas, Roads

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Caricature at War

Sorting through my hard drive filled with images I came upon a folder titled "Caricatures."  Below are the image contained in that folder. According to the online WWI Encyclopedia, the term “caricature”, is derived from the Old Italian word caricare which means “to exaggerate” and “to attack vehemently”. Thus the normal task of a caricaturist is to attack and to ridicule society and government, usually in an exaggerated or distorted way. Illustrative caricatures are usually more aggressive than [written] articles. The press and propaganda agencies of all the nations (including neutrals) deployed caricatures as an instrument of combat. However, not all the specimens presented here are derogatory toward their subject, and I hope you find some of them amusing. They are arrayed in rough chronological order.

Tirpitz as Neptune, God of the Sea

Jack Tar Lloyd George Reads John Bull the Riot Act 

The Kaiser Imprisoned by Burial Crosses

A Prim Miss Woodrow Wilson Must Choose Between the
Dove of Peace and the Eagle of Preparedness

A Fork-Tongued Snaky Woodrow Wilson as Viewed in the German Press

From All I've Read About General Edmund "The Bull" Allenby, 
This Placid Portrayal Seems to Miss Its Target

Clemenceau, Soldier of the Rear Area, Rooting-Out Defeatists from
Their Connection to the Front

Germany's View of the Allies' Leadership, About Early 1917

Multi-Themed White Russian Cartoon Featuring Trotsky

This Is a Postwar Painting from the National Gallery That I Think
Captures Something Essential About Pershing's Character


  1. Excellent, love the image of Pershing.

    1. Yes indeed. Some modernist memorial should make a place for this image.

  2. These comics are vivid and interesting, thanks to the bloggers for sharing.