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Catalog Number 1983.120.84
Object Name Print
Accession number 1983.120
Description Print by Louis Raemaekers

Tirpitz as sea horse to fish-emperor, U-boat sinking in background.

Information Written on Back: No. 110 / 17 / Tirpitz to his Sub-marine Emperor: there is another of our U-boats coming!

Additional Information from "Raemaekers' Cartoons: With Accompanying Notes by Well-known English Writers" by Louis Raemaekers Copyright 1916 (http://www.gutenberg.org/files/19126/19126-h/19126-h.htm)

NOTE: It is the essence of great cartooning to see things simply, and to command the technical resources that shall show the things, so simply seen, in an infinite variety of aspects. No series of Raemaekers' drawing better exemplifies his quality in both these respects than those which deal with Germany's sea crimes.

In the cartoon before us the immediate message is of the simplest. The Kaiser counts the head of British merchantmen sunk. Von Tirpitz counts the cost. But note the subtlety of the personation and environment. The Kaiser has those terrible haunted eyes that have marked the seer's presentment of him from quite an early stage of the war. There can be no ultimate escape from the dreadful vision that has set the seal of despair on this fine and handsome visage. He is shown, not as a sea monster, but as some rabid, evasive, impatient thing, dashing from point to point—as from policy to policy—with the angry swish that tells the unspoken anger failure everywhere compels. For the victories do not bring surrender, nor does frightfulness inspire terror. The merchant ships still put to sea—and the U boats pay the penalty.

The futility of this campaign of murder is typified by making Von Tirpitz, its inventor, an addle-headed seahorse, the nursery comedian of the sea. Stupid and ridiculous bewilderment stares from his foolish eyes. Another submarine has failed to find a safe victim in a trading ship, but has been hoisted with its own sea petard. The impotence of the thing!

This conference of the Admirals of the Atlantic, held in the sombre depths, is a biting satire, in its mingled comedy and tragedy, on the effort to win command of the sea from its bottom.

NOTE AUTHOR: Arthur Pollen

CARTOON CAPTION: "U'S" / His Majesty: "Well, Tripitz, you've sunk a great many?" / Tirpitz: "Yes, sire, here is another 'U' coming down."
People Raemaekers, Louis
Tirpitz, Alfred von
Subjects World War 1
Political cartoons
Artist Raemaekers, Louis
Title "U'S"
Image size 37.8 x 25.3 cm