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Satire in the time of war, 1914-1918 (On tour in NSW)

Exhibition Date

Saturday 1 October 2016 to Friday 1 December 2017



On Tour

See below for locations and dates

A cartoonist's perspective of war


Hal Eyre began working as a cartoonist for the Daily Telegraphnewspaper in 1908. The 357 original drawings he produced for the paper during World War I were purchased by the State Library of NSW in 1920. This collection depicts the war from a cartoonist’s perspective. He satirised themes of national identity and political power plays and the disintegration of the great European powers as the world erupted in warfare.

The skill of political cartoonists is to distil a complex situation into a humorous, powerful visual statement. Eyre did this within the tradition of his time, using symbols of Empire, including animals as metaphors for nation states. He made great use of caricatures of well-known European leaders.



Gilgandra, 12 November - 24 November 2016

Dubbo, 3 December - 15 December 2016


More venues and dates to come. 


Also on tour

What A Life! Rock Photography by Tony Mott (On tour in NSW)

Saturday 11 June 2016 to Sunday 30 December 2018

Goulburn Regional Art Gallery - 9 December 2016 to 28 January 2017

Australian Inspiration (On tour in NSW)

Saturday 18 June 2016 to Thursday 28 June 2018

Lake Haven
 22 October - 3 November 2016

Portraits of War: The Crown Studios Project (On tour in NSW)

Monday 18 April 2016 to Thursday 15 June 2017

West Wyalong Library:
22 October - 3 November 2016

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