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'Winston Churchill is OUT! OUT! OUT!

 
'Winston Churchill is OUT! OUT! OUT! by G.S.J. (1908)

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Author: G.S.J.
Title: 'Winston Churchill is OUT! OUT! OUT!
 
Year: 1908
Publisher: Unpublished
Place: United Kingdom
Dust Jacket: No
Signed: Yes
 
Price: £300
 
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Topical collection of political cartoons, possibly Scottish in origin, satirising the by election fought by Winston Churchill as the Liberal incumbent in 1908 after his appointment as President of the Board of Trade and the events of the summer of 1908 including the Stirling by-election.

Executed on art paper in a small oblong quarto, all but one of the images is executed in pen and ink, each signed 'G.S.J.' and dating from the 20 May 1908 - 3 June 1908. Stab sewn but without the expected card binding and consequently showing finger marking to the first and last leaves, otherwise in very good condition. Each cartoon has an explanatory slogan and commentary, always signed and dated 'G.S.J.'. It's not been possible to ascertain whether these are copies of published works or fully original to G.S.J.

The sequence begins with a group of lobbyists - a brewer, the Tariff Reform League, and a Suffragette with a 'Votes for Women' hat - 'taking tickets for North-West Manchester' - Churchill was harrassed during the campaign by suffragettes for his refusal to support the legislation that would have given women the right to vote. The successful candidate, the Tory, Joynson Hicks appears in the second cartoon alongside the lobbyists while Churchill gets a nod in the explanation to the third which shows three gentlemen of the 'Tariff Reform League' dashing along the Thames Embankment: 'One of the features of Mr Joynson-Hicks's election address in opposition to Mr Winston Churchill is the prominence of his opposition to the Licensing Bill...' The fourth cartoon satirises the London County Council's decision to censor the reading of young women, having recently banned 'Scott, Disraeli... and Jane Austen' - a policy reversed within hours. Later cartoons show Arthur Balfour in the stocks, a kilted Austen Chamberlain berating a Scottish colleague about the result of the Stirling by-election (22 May 1908) and a pen and wash visualisation of the ballad, 'Auld Robin Gray'. The final drawing has Asquith riding the winner of the 'Derby and Oaks', Signorinetta (renamed Liberal Party) in a drawing made on 3 June, the day that Signorinetta won the Derby.
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