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Kent, John, 1937-2003 :Varoomshka. The first night of my holiday in Northern Ireland. [1969].

Reference Number: C-133-078

Shows a comic strip cartoon featuring blonde young woman Varoomshka (based on 1960s model Verushka). In her hotel man she finds the "local I.R.A." man under her bed; he is Pope Paul VI, and describes himself as a Fenian, who is one of many stationed under every bed in the country.

Key terms:
1 image, categorised under Ink drawings, Caricatures and Cartoons (Commentary), related to John Kent, Pope Paul VI, Verushka, The Guardian - London (Newspaper), Irish Republican Army, Northern Ireland, Popes, Fenians, Sex role and Ireland - Politics and government.

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Kent, John, 1937-2003 :Varoomshka. The first night of my holiday in Northern Ireland. [1969]., Reference Number C-133-078 (1 digitised items)

Extent: 1 original cartoon(s)Ink drawing on sheet 644 x 500 mm.. Single art work

Historical Notes: This was the first Varoomshka cartoon that John Kent drew for the Guardian newspaper in London. Varoomshka was described as the Candide for the 1970s, and the strip ran from 1969 to 1979. This first strip was controversial in showing the Pope as an I.R.A. member, and in fact the concept of Varoomshka herself sat awkwardly with some members of the Guardian staff, and enraged feminists.

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