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Kangaroo

Title
[Kangaroo] [art original] / © Steve Bell '17.
Production
Brighton, England, [6 April 2017]
Copyright Notice Date
Brighton, England : Steve Bell, 2017
Physical Description
1 drawing : pen and ink and watercolor ; image 6 x 18.5 cm, on sheet 12.2 x 23 cm
Notes
Title from Steve Bell's notes accompanying image.
Alternative title from The Guardian's website.
Signed and dated by the artist within image.
"After Hogarth"--In the artist's hand in the second frame.
With a stamp on the verso with the artist's name, address, contact information, and copyright claim.
"Belltoons.co.uk"--Embossed on lower right of sheet.
Numbered "6-4-7667"--Along left edge of image.
Parody of Hogarth's print "The idle 'prentice executed at Tyburn", published in 1747 as plate 11 in the "Industry and idleness" series. Cf. No. 2989 in the Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 3. See also: Paulson, R. Hogarth's graphic works (3rd ed.), no. 178.
With a second sheet of paper hinged on top with the number: 7667-6-4-17.
Provenance
Purchased from the artist, April 2021.
Summary
An episode from the "If" strip, published in The Guardian on 6 April 2017. The last in a series of strip cartoons on the subject of disciplinary procedures within the Labour Party during Jeremy Corbyn's leadership of the party when he was on the receiving end of the personal attacks, from senior members of his own party and most broadcast media. Ken Livingstone, one of Corbyn's key supporters, having been called a "Nazi apologist" was suspended from the Labour Party in order for his remarks to be investigated. Here in a parody of Hogarth's print "The idle 'prentice executed at Tyburn", Bell shows Livingston in a tumbril and then hanging from the gallows, with a speech bubble across the two frames: Livingstone in the tumbril - You have been found guilty of unspeakable unspeakings. You will be taken to a place of execution where you will be bungee-hung until you are very unhappy!" One of Corbyn's leading opponents within the party was Tom Watson, massively overweight, is shown in the final frame with a speech bubble "This is outrageous leniency! I should be allowed to sit on him."
Variant and related titles
Ken Livingstone is sentenced to bungee-hang
Format
Images
Language
English
Added to Catalog
August 24, 2021
References
Steve Bell, Kangaroo. The Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University.
Cite as
Steve Bell, Kangaroo. The Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University.
Genre/Form
Political cartoons.
Caricatures.
Satires (Visual works)
Ink drawings.
Watercolors.
Citation

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