"The Dogs of War Unleashed":Satirical & Propaganda Maps of the First World War

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An Exhibition of Rare Original Maps & Posters

By Roderick M Barron, Antique Map Specialist, Sevenoaks, Kent

Menier Gallery (Lower Gallery), 51 Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU

Wednesday 26th November to Saturday 29th November 2014

Celebrating the popular culture of the First World War, an exhibition opening next week at the Menier Gallery on London’s South Bank showcases a rare collection of original satirical maps and propaganda posters. The fascinating genre of comic cartography and propagandist map art is explored through an unrivalled selection of wartime maps, posters, postcards, puzzles & printed ephemera Items from France, Germany, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Japan and Britain reveal the enduring interest & humour of maps in which popular national characters and stereotypes are caricatured & satirized by protagonists on both sides of the conflict. Other propaganda map posters unveil the imagery and messages used by government agencies & official organizations to engage and galvanize popular support through four long years of conflict. Many pieces reference specific historical events of the war itself, others highlight the individual human stories of artists & illustrators whose creative skills were actively harnessed to the war effort. A small collection of contemporary puzzles, games and printed ephemera also reveal the manner in which comic and propagandist cartography permeated popular culture of the wartime period. This sales exhibition is curated by Sevenoaks-based antique map specialist, Roderick M. Barron

“The Dogs of War Unleashed” runs from Wednesday 26th November to Saturday 29th November 2014 at the Lower Gallery, Menier Gallery, 51 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1RU

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