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Cartoon titled 'War & Peace'.


Cartoon titled 'War & Peace'.

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Physical description

A two frame black and white line drawing cartoon titled 'War & Peace'. The first frame at the top shows two men pointing guns at each other with the text 'BANG' at the end of each gun. Text in the top centre of the frame reads 'WAR'. The second frame at the bottom shows the same men lying dead on the ground with guns next to them. The text in the centre of this frame reads 'PEACE'. The artist's signature is in the bottom right corner. Annotations in pencil are in the bottom right corner of the page.

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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