A wartime caricature satirising Gandhi's call for Indian indepen


Description: [A wartime caricature satirising Gandhi's call for Indian independence]
So Glad. Pen and ink with white paint on card, titled in pencil. c.1942. 480 x 380mm.
A caricature map of India, with Mahatma Gandhi setting brush fires across the sub-continent, and the heads of Japanese Prime Minister Hideki Tojo and German Chancellor Adolf Hitler peering through the smoke with obvious delight. This is apparently a preparatory sketch for a newspaper cartoon, probably for publication soon after Gandhi's speech at the Gowalia Tank Maidan in Mumbai on 8th August 1942. In his 'Quit India' speech he dropped his previous policy of 'non-violent moral support' and instead called for a campaign of civil disobedience. Fearing for the war effort in the East, Britain's responce was to round up the leaders of the Congress party and confine them, most for the duration of the war. Gandhi was released earlier (6th May 1944) as he was very ill and the authorities were worried about repercussions should he die in custody. We have been unable to either trace a published version or ascertain who 'HF' was.
[Ref: 16102] £2,750.00 ($3,465 • €3,245 rates)
  • Number: 1090310 (16102)
  • Dealer: Massimo Martini / Altea Gallery / London

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