Ref NoNG0810
Alt Ref NoNG0810
Artist or CreatorNicholas Garland
Title or Caption"Tar-baby ain't sayin' nuthin', en' Brer Fox, he lay low!"
Extent1 item
Published byDaily Telegraph
Date12 May 1972
Size37.5 x 54.5cm
Person DepictedNixon; Richard M. (Richard Milhous), (1913-1994)
Brezhnev; Leonid Ilyich (1906-1982)
Implied textLiterature: Uncle Remus was a fictional character, the title character and fictional narrator of a collection of African American folktales adapted and compiled by Joel Chandler Harris, Brer Rabbit ("Brother Rabbit") is the main character of the stories, a likable trickster prone to getting into trouble who is often opposed by Brer Fox and Brer Bear. In one tale, Brer Fox and Brer Bear construct a lump of tar and put clothing on it. When Brer Rabbit comes along he addresses the "tar baby" amiably, but receives no response. Brer Rabbit becomes offended by what he perceives as Tar Baby's lack of manners, kicks it, and becomes stuck. Now that Brer Rabbit is stuck, Fox ponders how to dispose of him. The helpless, but cunning, Brer Rabbit pleads, "Please don't throw me in the briar patch," prompting Fox to do exactly that. As rabbits are at home in thickets, the resourceful Brer Rabbit escapes. Using the phrases "please don't throw me in the briar patch" and "tar baby" to refer to the idea of 'a problem that gets worse the more one struggles against it' became part of the wider Culture of the United States in the mid-20th century.
NotesImage 1: See 22489 for published cartoon.
Image 2: See NG0810 for original artwork and cataloguing.
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