n.p. n.p., (ca. 1917). 1 sheet, mounted. Color lithograph. 33 x 22 cm. Framed. First edition. Small marginal fold repaired when mounted to board, marginal foxing, still very good. See Collection Henri Leblanc: La grande guerre: iconographie, bibliographie, documents divers. t.5- (1915) p. 237. Item #41531
One of Raemaekers' iconic images. Signed in the plate and in the margin by the artist. World War I cartoon sketch of Uncle Sam kicking Berntsdorff [sic], wearing a German Helmet, in the rear-end down a flight of stairs (Count Johann Heinrich von Bernstorff [1862-1939] served, until his recall in 1917, as German Ambassador to the United States). Louis Raemaekers (1869-1956) was the best known propaganda cartoonist of the First World War, with a German bounty on his head of 12,000 Guilders. Raemaekers fled to England where he was wildly popular, and his worked was picked up by U.S. papers. Tours of his work brought out thousands of viewers, and Theodore Roosevelt wrote "The cartoons of Louis Raemaekers constitute the most powerful of the honourable contributions made by neutrals to the cause of civilisation in the World War," ("The Genius of Raemaekers," in Land and Water, 1917, Vol.12, p.19 ).