not titled

not titled

  • Artist

    Ashley Smith

  • Production Date


  • Medium

    original editorial cartoon

  • Size

    170 x 190 mm

  • Credit

    Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

  • Accession Number


  • Accession Date


  • Department

    New Zealand Art

  • Classification


  • Collection


  • Subjects

    political cartoons, politicians, politics, satire, humor, men, cannons (artillery), military uniforms, flags, hats

  • Chartwell Notes

    The cartoon collection, as a sub-collection of the Chartwell Collection, has an unusual history - they were all purchased on the same day - election day 1984.

    A time of political change in New Zealand, the election of 1984 was marked as the time when long standing Prime Minister Robert Muldoon lost the election to Labour Party candidate Peter Lange.Sensing a change of government, Chartwell Collection founder, Rob Gardiner, began the day by ringing all the major newspaper editors in New Zealand with the request to acquire the cartoon produced by their political cartoonist that day. Of course, the majority of cartoons were yet to be drawn, as the 'black and white artists', as they were known at the time, had to await the outcome of the election later in the day.

    The collection, which came together as a result of those calls now represents a major period in NZ political history and highlights the role political, editorial cartoonists have in capturing the mood of a country and distilling major events into powerful visual statements.

    Please Note: We are actively seeking the authoritative copyright holder for this work. Please contact Chartwell if you can assist us.

  • Description

    An original editorial cartoon.