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Source – Cornell University

Hark! Hark! The Dogs Do Bark!

Drawn by Johnson, Riddle & Co in 1914. In this depiction, it is clear the dogs of war were ready to grab at each others throats. Europe was at the brink of war and not too pleased with Great Britain!

Click on the image for a high res view…and also to read the satirical note by humorist Walter Emanuel…

Collector’s Notes:

A satirical map of Europe at the outset of World War I. Most of the principal nations are portrayed as dogs, although Russia as shown as a bear running alongside a steamroller driven by Nicholas II. There is a lengthy explanatory note by Walter Emanuel, a well-known humorist of the time and author of anthropomorphic dog books. Bryars 2014, 46; Curtis 2016, 20-21; Baynton-Williams 2015, 206. The English figure in naval uniform controlling the blockading Royal Navy fleet is sometimes said to be Winston Churchill, then First Lord of the Admiralty (ibid.), but in fact the side whiskers are those of the traditional John Bull, and the image resembles Churchill 30 years later, in World War II, not the Churchill of 1914. Curtis 2016, 21 n.43.

The title of this map is taken from an ancient British nursery rhyme: “Hark hark the dogs do bark/The beggars are coming to town/Some in rags and some in jags/And one in a velvet gown.” (A “jag” was a garment slit so as to expose material beneath it of a different color.) The rhyme refers to the barking of dogs when strangers entered a town, and is variously said to have originated (1) during the times of bubonic plague, when strangers were a particular threat, or (2) in the 13th century, when wandering minstrels and beggars were common, or (3) following the dissolution of the monasteries in 1540 by Henry VIII, when monks were sent begging in the streets, or (4) in 1688, when William or Orange (in a velvet gown?) brought his Dutch followers to England.

Cornell University

 


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