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Poster - Lest We Forget
  • Lest We Forget
    The National Union of Conservative and Constitutional Associations
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Lest We Forget

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    1901 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    The National Union of Conservative and Constitutional Associations (issued by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour lithograph

  • 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:

    E.721-2004

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case Y, shelf 67, box E

David Lloyd George (1863-1945) was a skilled orator and Liberal Party politician who spoke out against Britain's involvement in the Second Boer War (1899-1902). Near the War's end, in December 1901, the Birmingham Liberal Association invited Lloyd George to give a speech criticising Britain's colonial policy. Those who opposed Lloyd George's views rioted within Birmingham Town Hall, forcing the politician to escape the fray disguised as a policeman, an act ridiculed here by the Conservatives.

Physical description

Pro-Boer War political cartoon satirising Lloyd George's escape during a 1901 riot in Birmingham. George escaping via a back door in oversized police uniform (left). Graveyard in South Africa seen in muted sunlight (right).

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (made)

Date

1901 (made)

Artist/maker

The National Union of Conservative and Constitutional Associations (issued by)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

230
lower right margin

Birmingham/ Town Hall/ December 18 1901/ Back Door
printed within image

By permission of/ "Daily Express"
within image, lower left

Marquis of Winchester/ Earl of Ava/ Earl of Airlie
names written on South African gravestones, within image on right

"While Mr Lloyd George (disguised as a policeman)/ was running away from his country men - / The lords were laying down/ their lives for their country."

Published by the National Union of Conservative and Constitutional Associations St Stephens Champbers Westminster [illegible] & Printed by David Allen & Sons Ld. 180 Fleet St. E.C.8 (Copy & Res.d) 135 453

Dimensions

Height: 50.5 cm, Width: 76.2 cm

Descriptive line

Satirical political cartoon, pro-Boer War, issued by The National Union of Conservative and Constitutional Associations (Conservative Party).

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

G. H. L. Le May, British Supremacy in South Africa (1965).
I. Packer, Lloyd George (Palgrave Macmillan, 1998).
P. Warwick, Black People and the South African War, 1899-1902 (1983).

Materials

Paper; Ink

Subjects depicted

Politics; Satire; War

Categories

Prints; Propaganda; Politics; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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