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DL1566.jpg

Ref NoDL1566
Alt Ref NoDL1566
Artist or CreatorDavid Low (1891-1963)
Title or CaptionLet-down bus
Extent1 item
Published byEvening Standard
Date12 Dec 1939
FormatArtwork
Size32 x 47.3cm
Techniqueblack ink/blue crayon
Embedded text or transcriptCorfu
Manchuria
Abyssinia
Czecho'kia
Poland
What-have-you
League of Nations Transport
Peace 1940
"Where is this bus going?" "Nowhere, lady, but thanks for the compliment."
Person DepictedColonel Blimp; (fictional)
NotesRepublished in David Low, Low's War Cartoons, Cresset Press, 1941
The League of Nations was established in 1919, in the aftermath of World War I, to prevent aggression, encourage cooperation between nations and uphold the Treaty of Versailles settlement. It failed. On 1 September 1939 Germany invaded Poland and began WW2. The inter-war years had seen the undermining of the League's ideals by its own members. Italy, a permanent member of the Council of the League, had invaded Corfu in 1923. The League's failure to protect Greece from Italian aggression demonstrated that, from the outset, the League was powerless against determined aggressors. In the 1930s the situation worsened. In 1931 Japan, another Council member, invaded the Chinese province of Manchuria. The League response was the Lytton report - a singularly ineffective condemnation of Japanese aggression. In 1935 Italy invaded Abyssinia (Ethiopia). The League imposed sanctions but these sanctions excluded oil, the only viable option for curtailing the Italian war effort. Throughout the late 1920s and early 1930s the League had failed to counter Germany's revision of the Treaty of Versailles, mainly as individual League members (notably Britain and France) had vested interests in appeasement. Thus in 1938 Hitler found himself powerful enough to successfully annex Czechoslovakia and, in 1939, to invade Poland. The League had never fulfilled the promise that its originators dreamed of.
SubjectsCorfu
Czechoslovakia
Defence
Ethiopia
International relations
League of Nations 1919
North-east China
Poland
Transport
World War 1939-1945
buses
children
morale
Copyright contact detailsNorthcliffe House, 2 Derry Street, London W8 5TT solo@solosyndication.com
Location of artworkReturned to Beaverbrook Foundation, 1998
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