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"Back to the wall" by Illingworth, 1940. Pencil & gouache on paper.

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Back to the wall

"Back to the wall" by Illingworth, 1940

Catalogue ref: INF 3/1325Links to the Catalogue


A comic image of Churchill as the figure of John Bull, holding a bayonet, with his back to the wall, over which Commonwealth troops are clambering to his assistance.

In 1943, Advertiser's Weekly had noted that British designers obviously viewed symbolism such as ‘John Bull' outmoded, rarely using him as a figure.