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Low, David Alexander Cecil, 1891-1963 :Dreamland faces the situation. [23 March 1939]

Reference Number: NON-ATL-C-0072

Part of the globe, from which large chunks are dropping off, with a group of Englishmen perched on top, one a business-man with an attache case marked 'business as usual' another a newsboy with a flyer marked 'all the pleasant news', Colonel Blimp with a placard marked 'Debate on individual liberty' watching another standing on his head while a bell-boy is announcing to another group "Please sir, a man's here to say that Hitler's swiped France and Russia and the Atlantic Ocean's just fallen off the map". The boy receives the answer: "Tell him to wait". The scene is observed with concern from one side by a loooming figure inscribed 'Latent power of democracy'. The cartoon was created just after the Munich Conference in 1939, when Hitler and Chamberlain had signed an agreement never to go to war, despite Germany's continued invasion of Czechoslovakia, and Low was satirising Britain's inertia.

Key terms:
1 image, categorised under Ink drawings and Caricatures, related to Adolf Hitler, Sir David Alexander Cecil Low, Exhibition title Kiwi Cartoonist on Hitler's Blacklist David Low, Blimp (Colonel) (Fictitious character), The Evening Standard (English newspaper), World War, 1939-1945 - Causes, Peace conferences and World War, 1939-1945 - Public opinion.

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Low, David Alexander Cecil, 1891-1963 :Dreamland faces the situation. [23 March 1939], Reference Number NON-ATL-C-0072 (1 digitised items)

Extent: 1 original cartoon(s)Ink, crayon, gouache & pencil, 376 x 568 mm. Single art work

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