Lot 78
  • 78


3,000 - 5,000 GBP
7,250 GBP
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  • David Low
  • ‘Twenty Years After’(‘Hitler: “The world still refuses to realise that violence, when used by Germans, is justified and righteous. What can I do? What would you do?” | Ex-Kaiser: “Do? I did”’)
  • Paper
356 by 495mm., pen and ink, signed and inscribed with title, mounted, framed and glazed


'Images of Power: From the Jeffrey Archer Cartoon Collection', Monnow Valley Arts, 3 September - 30 October 2011


Evening Standard, 1 August 1934; Low's Political Parade with Colonel Blimp (London, 1936), [unpaginated]; Years of Wrath, A Cartoon History: 1931-1945 (New York, 1946), [unpaginated]

Catalogue Note

Low’s cartoon of Hitler in conversation with a beleaguered Wilhelm II represents British concerns about the increasingly violent policies of Hitler’s Nazi Party. A month earlier, having been convinced by Himmler and Goring that plans were afoot to overthrow him, Hitler embarked upon a purge of his political enemies both within and outside the Nazi Party, in what became known as the ‘Night of the Long Knives’. Between 30 June and 2 July 1934, Hitler ordered the assassination of over 200 people, including the leader of the Nazi paramilitary unit, Ernest Rohm. There was concern in Britain that these actions had met with widespread approval in Germany, and were the latest stage of Hitler’s rise to total power. Low’s image represents the similarities in the actions of Germany under Kaiser Wilhelm II. In 1914, Wilhelm sanctioned Austrian aggression against Serbia, the perceived source of the ‘Black Hand’, the group responsible for the assassination of the Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand, leading to the First World War. This cartoon shows remarkable foresight.