[A famous English caricature map of Europe]
ROSE, Frederick W.
John Bull and his Friends. A Serio-Comic Map Of Europe by Fred. W. Rose, Author of 'Angling in Troubled Waters' &c &c. Matt. B. Hewerdine from a sketch by Fred. W. Rose. London: G.W Bacon & Co, 1900. Chromolithograph, printed area 490 x 685mm. Binding folds reinforced on verso, as usual with this map.
The famous map of Europe made up of caricatures of each country, highlighting the insecurities of the time, as explained by the text on the left. The main worry is the Russian octopus with the face of Tsar Nicolas II, with tentacles wrapped around the throats of Poland, Persia and China, one grabbing for Turkey's foot and another laid across Finland. England and Scotland are depicted as a soldier in tropical uniform, waving a Union Jack, with two wildcats, marked 'Orange Free State' and 'Transvaal', savaging his legs. He sits on shells marked with their destinations: India, Canada, South Africa and Australia. Ireland 'vents her abuse' on him. France beckons Germany to help her against Britain who she blames for her colonial upsets, and Italy stretches out a helping hand. Spain is mourning the recent loss of Cuba and the Philippines, her last important colonial possessions. Rose (1849-1915) produced at least three maps of Europe in the same style, the first in 1877, one in 1899 and this the last, in which he was aided by book-illustrator Matthew Bede Hewerdine (1868-1909).
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