Masked criminal at the grave of John Barleycorn

Photo Details

Part of the U.S. Library of Congress's Caroline and Erwin Swann collection of caricature & cartoon (Library of Congress).

Barton, Ralph, 1891-1931, artist
  • Drawings--American--Color--1920-1930.
  • Editorial cartoons--American--1920-1930.
  • Periodical illustrations--American--1920-1930.
  • 1 drawing : India ink, and blue wash on drawing board ; 20.4 x 25.0 cm. (sheet)
  • Inscribed on the tombstone: Hic Jacet John (Hic) Barleycorn.
  • No copyright information found with item.
  • Signed, upper left: RALPH / BARTON.
  • Bequest and gift; Caroline and Erwin Swann; 1974; (DLC/PP-1974:232.846)
  • The drawing illustrates a portion of Walt Mason's satirical poem "So Runs the World Away." Commenting on the irony of prohibition, Mason contended that although John Barleycorn (an old English name for liquor) was presumed to be the cause of all crime, it wasn't until liquor was outlawed that crime became rampant.
  • Published as an illustration for: "So Runs the World Away" / by Walt Mason. Judge, October 29, 1921.
  • Published in: The image of America in caricature & cartoon / Amon Carter Museum of Western Art. Fort Worth : The Museum, 1975, p. 118.
  • Exhibited: Cartoonists Guild, "The Art in Cartooning," 1975; Amon Carter Museum of Western Art, "The Image of America in Caricature & Cartoon," 1976.


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