Exhibition catalogue of the War Cartoons by Louis Raemaekers

Catalogue of the War Cartoons of Louis Raemaekers. Reproduced in Facsimile Colours. Exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. Price sixpence. March-April 1916 Photo of Louis Raemaekers by Miss D Compton Collier opposite this message: 'An appreciation from The Prime Minister, 10 Downing Street, Whitehall SW. Mr Raemaeker's powerful work gives form and colour to the menace which the Allies are averting from the liberty, the civilisation, and the humanity of the future. He shows our enemies as they appear to the unbiased eyes of a neutral; and wherever his picture is seen, determination will be strengthened to tolerate no end of the War save the final overthrow of the Prussian military power.' [Signed] The Friendly Visitor. The German: The Widows of Belgium

This year's advent calendar features items relating to the First World War from National Museums Liverpool's collections and displays.

Louis Raemaekers (1869-1956) was a prominent Dutch propaganda cartoonist of the 1914-18 War, depicting the Germans as tyrannical aggressors. In 1916 the British government arranged to show his cartoons widely throughout the country.  

At the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool the exhibition was extremely popular with as many as 5,000 people attending in one afternoon.  The catalogue, with an introduction by the Prime Minister, contains 166 illustrations of the cartoons, some of which are shown above. Select each image to see a larger version.

This catalogue, which is not currently on display, is from the Decorative Art collection at the Walker Art Gallery.

  • Catalogue of the War Cartoons by Louis Raemaekers, 1916
  • Accession number 1975.111