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Masked criminal at the grave of John Barleycorn

Masked criminal at the grave of John Barleycorn Holding a knife in one hand and a gun in the other, the criminal shoots at a fleeing pilgrim. He stands next to Barleycorn's tombstone embellished with ... show more

Masked criminal at the grave of John Barleycorn
1 drawing : India ink, and blue wash on drawing board ; 20.4 x 25.0 cm. (sheet)
Holding a knife in one hand and a gun in the other, the criminal shoots at a fleeing pilgrim. He stands next to Barleycorn's tombstone embellished with skull and cross bones.
  • Inscribed on the tombstone: Hic Jacet John (Hic) Barleycorn.
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  • 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.
  • Cartoon Drawings: Swann Collection of Caricature and Cartoon
  • Criminals--1920-1930.
  • Prohibition--1920-1930.
  • Drawings--American--Color--1920-1930.
  • Editorial cartoons--American--1920-1930.
  • Periodical illustrations--American--1920-1930.
Caroline and Erwin Swann collection of caricature & cartoon (Library of Congress)
Barton, Ralph, 1891-1931, artist
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