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Cartoon titled 'The Dancing Lad'.


Cartoon titled 'The Dancing Lad'.

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Physical description

A water colour and pen cartoon entitled 'The Dancing Lad'. The cartoon features a caricature of John Howard in a blue suit and green jumper holding his hat in the air. Next to him is a circular hole in the ground with the top of a ladder visible. Around the hole are pieces of paper with the word 'RYAN' on them. In the background there are four people. The artist's name is at the bottom and below the cartoon there are pencil notations.

Statement of significance

This collection consists of 150 political cartoons collected under the auspices of the National Museum's 2001 National political Humour Competition. There are 41 different artists represented in the collection including Alan Moir, Peter Nicholson, Geoff Pryor, Cathy Wilcox, Sean Leahy, Bruce Petty, Dean Alston and Ward O'Neil. The cartoons provide a satirical record of the major events and personalities in Australian politics in 2001. Major topics addressed within the collection include the 2001 election, asylum seekers (including the Tampa controversy) and the war in Afghanistan. There are examples from all major metropolitan newspapers as well as material from regional publications. There are traditional black and white editorial and pocket cartoons as well as colour illustrations and caricatures. Taken together the collection provides an archive of Australian political events in 2001 and demonstrate the quality of Australian cartooning and illustration.

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