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De barometer stijgt....
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44 x 32 cm
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(The barometer is rising) Original political cartoon on card in pen/brush and ink, 1939, published in De Indische Post, shows a barometer with ‘Pax’ and ‘Mars’ on either side and the caption in the lower border simply states: ‘Hoogspanning: Ooorlog of vrede? (High pressure, war or peace?). This cartoon was probably also published quite close to the outbreak of war, as on verso is a message stating that, should war have broken out by the time the cartoon has been received, the captions should be changed to ‘de politieke barometer’ (the political barometer) and ‘Mars gaat regeren’ (Mars will rule). Card size 44 x 32 cm, image size 39.5 x 28 cm, signed lower right with captions in pencil in upper and lower borders. Also written in pencil on verso is the request: ‘After use please return to Geo van Dam, Leidscheweg 184, Voorschoten’. Mertens was a strong draughts player, as was van Dam, and the two were clearly known to each other. The cartoon has been folded into four at some point, otherwise in good condition.