"The Gentleman"

 

David Normal:

 

Reaching ever so gingerly for his battle ax, in an unlikely alliance with his Muslim brother, this gentleman personifies the nail-biting political anger of the arm-chair extremist boiling over into irrational frenzy.  It is this cocktail of complacency matched by indignation that makes the  such asses drunk with nationalistic fear and eagerness for war in foreign lands of which they know nothing and will never visit.  His ax, an unwieldly show piece possibly from a costume shop, is emblazoned with crosses. 

 

Image taken from page 60 of 'The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes' Collection of the British Library.

View illustration on British Library's Flickr Photostream

 

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