Confiance... Ses Amputations se poursuivent méthodiquement
- Place of origin:
ca. 1942 (made)
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- Credit Line:
Gift of the American Friends of the V&A; Gift to the American Friends by Leslie, Judith and Gabri Schreyer and Alice Schreyer Batko
- Museum number:
- Gallery location:
Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MM, shelf 8
Churchill is caricatured here as a voracious hydra with tentacles grabbing key sites of British involvement in the Second World War. The tentacles are shown being amputated by the German forces and their allies. It may seem unusual that this poster was produced in France, a nation that was one of Britian's waritme allies, but it is an example of anti-British propaganda produced under the French occupation after Germany defeated France in 1940.
The strategic locations singled out on the map are meant to appeal to the emotions of the French people. Fresh in the public consciousness were Britain's controversial campaigns against German expansion in the French colonial sites of Dakar and Mers-el-Kébir, which left many Frenchmen dead.
A caricature of Winston Churchill as a green, cigar-smoking hydra occupies the upper right of the poster. Its upper limbs cling to Great Britain, depicted in red. The hydra's lower tentacles wrap themselves around the Africa and the Middle East. The creature has been injured at the strategic sites of Norway, Germany, Dakar, Mers El Kébir, Lybia and Egypt, Somalia and Syria, which are depicted in a dark shade of yellow.This is represented by seven bleeding wounds.
Place of Origin
ca. 1942 (made)
Materials and Techniques
Marks and inscriptions
'CONFIANCE...' (from the French) Have Confidence...
'Ses Amputations Se / Poursuivent Méthodiquement' His Amputations Are Being Methodically Executed
Height: 119.5 cm, Width: 80.2 cm
Confiance ... Ses amputations se poursuivent méthodiquement. Second World War anti-British Axis poster designed by SPK. Churchill as an octopus/hydra with his tentacles around the African continent and the Middle East. Colour lithograph. France, ca. 1942.
Propaganda Posters from the Schreyer Collection (Henry Cole Wing, Level 3 05/12/2002-23/03/2003)
Egypt; France; Syria; War; Propaganda; Politics; Germany; Africa; Norway; Colonialism; Churchill, Winston; Hydra; Somalia; Strategy; World map; Dakar
Prints; Propaganda; Posters