The Political Satire of The First World War With the First World War centenary at the forefront of our thoughts, Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions present a snapshot of political satire, produced as war waged across Europe.
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A Sale of Maps & Atlases
With the First World War centenary at the forefront of our thoughts, Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions present a snapshot of political satire, produced as war waged across Europe. A series of serio-comic maps that visualised the geographical and political difficulties of war will be offered in a sale of Maps and Atlases on Friday 25th April 2014 at the auctioneer's saleroom in London's Mayfair.
Although satirical maps have a long history that stretches back to the medieval period and Munster's Geographica, 1540, it was with the outbreak of World War One that the genre became a media sensation. Illustrators utilised the genre as an innovative outlet for their political satire that played on the geo-political situation. Readily accessible, humorous and affordable, the maps became increasingly popular and collectible.
Drawn by Anglo-Russian artist, John Henry Amshewitz, the highlight of the section is a First World War serio-comic map of Europe entitled 'Kill That Eagle', dated 1914. Later reproductions, produced in Germany, mocked the slogan "Business as Usual" written on Britain. This highly collectible English example, published by Geographica Limited is estimated at £800-1,200. [Lot 378]
During the War the symbolic imagery developed to include animal metaphors to humorous effect. One particularly successful example is, 'Hark! Hark! The Dogs Do Bark!'. Visualising the countries of Europe as a mass of warring dog breeds, the map includes an explanatory note by Walter Emanuel; "The Dogs of War are loose in Europe, and a nice noise they are making! It was started by a Dachshund that is thought to have gone mad-though there was so much method in his madness that this is doubtful…." Offering a fascinating insight into the political commentary of the First World War, this map is estimated at £600-800. [Lot 381]
A prominent example of the work that influenced the serio-comic map illustrators of the time is a set of 12 caricature maps of European countries. 'Geographical Fun', 1868, is a posthumous work by Irish wood-engraver, illustrator, writer and botanist, William Henry Harvey, a.k.a. Aleph. It is estimated at £1,000-1,500. [Lot 377]
A small group of War Maps, including Stanford's 'War Map of Russia', 1854, 'The Daily Mail War Map', 1914 and 'The Daily Telegraph War Map of Europe', 1918, present a more sobering insight into the maps of the First World War, showing the 'War strength of the Great Powers' amongst other military topics. The collection is estimated to achieve £150-200. [Lot 428]
A beautifully preserved example of the earliest inflatable balloon globe was invented by schoolmaster, George Pocock and drawn by Ebenezer Pocock, circa 1830. This impressive example is the largest of three sizes, measuring approximately 120cm in diameter. It is estimated at £1,000-1,500. [Lot 34]
Other unusual globes in the sale include a late 18th century manuscript terrestrial globe charting the first second and third voyages of the famous British explorer, James Cook, between 1768 and 1779. The globe shows the routes, dates