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Bernard Partridge, Original Pen & Ink Drawing, Political Cartoon for Punch, 1906
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Size: Frame 51 x 43 cm, drawing inside mount (excluding caption) 25.5 x 32.5 cm.. Condition: drawing in excellent condition. Used mount and frame also very good. This is an original cartoon drawn for the famous magazine Punch by one of the great British illustrators of the early twentieth century. The cartoon was published in Punch (also called The London Charivari) on 31 October 1906. The cartoon shows a woman wearing an apron inscribed "Liberal Party", being pushed from behind by a donkey inscribed "Labour Party". Seated in the cart the donkey is pulling (presumably the woman's cart) is a large roll of paper inscribed "Trades Disputes Bill." The woman, who has a slight moustache is a caricature of the Prime Minister Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman. Underneath the drawing (concealed by the mount but please see image) the artist has written the title, "The Predominant Partner", and the caption "Liberal Party - I did wrong to threaten him with the whip: the poor creature must be led not driven. Still - this isn't quite the way I meant to come." This wording is reproduced with very minor punctuation changes in the printed version. The drawing is signed as normal by the artist bottom right. The political event it refers to is very important in the history of labour relations and indeed global politics (please see explanation below). Sir John Bernard Partridge (1861-1845) spent his early career as a stained glass designer before turning to watercolour painting and illustration. He also acted under the name of Bernard Gould. In 1891 he joined the staff of Punch, and he became their chief cartoonist in 1910. He was a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water-Colours, and was knighted in 1925. A sought after item well presented for immediate display. From the collection of Terry Shelbourne, a Lincolnshire artist and caricaturist. The Trade Disputes Bill Although the Liberal Party won a landslide victory in the 1906 general election, it was under electoral pressure from the newly formed Labour Party. One event which had given rise to the formation of Labour was a court case, the Taff Vale judgment, which ruled that trade unions could be sued for damages caused by their officials. The Liberal government sought, after their election, to reverse this judgement, but the Bill they introduced, the Trades Disputes Bill, did not in the opinion of some Labour MPs, go far enough. Those MPs introduced a Private Member's bill, which gained favour in Committee, and forced the Liberal Government to widen the scope of the Trade Disputes Bill. The result was the Trade Disputes Act 1906, which declared that unions could not be sued for damages for actions incurred during a strike. The Act was one of the most significant pieces of legislation for the 20th century, and has had an enormous global influence. George Dangerfield wrote of the Bill, "It gave the Unions an astounding, indeed an unlimited immunity. Labour was jubilant. The most powerful Government in history had been compelled, by scarcely more than a single show of power, to yield to the just demands of organized workers."
Frame 51 x 43 cm, drawing inside mount (excluding caption) 25.5 x 32.5 cm..
Chester's Farm Antiques has clarified that the Bernard Partridge, Original Pen & Ink Drawing, Political Cartoon for Punch, 1906 (LA342517) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being 1906
Drawing in excellent condition. Used mount and frame also very good.
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This Bernard Partridge, Original Pen & Ink Drawing, Political Cartoon for Punch, 1906 is located in Nottingham, United Kingdom