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Artist or CreatorW.K. Haselden
Title or CaptionThe Sword of Damocles and the Taxpayer [caption on reverse]
Extent1 item
Published byDaily Mirror
Date14 Jun 1920
FormatArtwork
Size31 x 38.5cm
TechniqueBlack ink
Embedded text or transcriptGovernment Expenditure
Taxpayer
Government Expenditure
Person DepictedDamocles
Implied textGreek mythology: Tusculan Disputations V by Cicero - Sword of Damocles -
Dionysius, ordered everything to be prepared for Damocles to experience
what life as Dionysius was like. Damocles was enjoying his life of luxury
until he noticed a sharp sword hovering over his head, which was
suspended from the ceiling by a horse hair. This, the tyrant explained to
Damocles, was what life as ruler was really like. Damocles, alarmed and
quickly revising his idea of what made up a good life, asked to be
excused. He then eagerly returned to his poorer, but safer life.
NotesPencil notes at top margin read "For Monday's Paper" and "'The Sword of Damocles' up to date - Damocles was a lucky young feller compared with poor Mr. Taxpayer".
Subjectsclassical mythology
political coalitions
clubs
bedrooms
taxpayers
expenditure
Series113
Copyright contact details22nd Floor One Canada Square Canary Wharf London E14 5AP 020 7293 3700 desk@mirrorpix.com
Location of artworkBritish Cartoon Archive
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