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Number: 3996
Continent: Africa
Region: Continent
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Year of Origin: 1892
Title: 266 THE RHODES COLOSSUS STRIDING FROM CAPE TOWN TO CAIRO
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Language: English
Publish Origin: London
Height: 24.4
Width: 17.9
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Size Class.: Medium
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Color Type: No Color
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Cartographer: Edward Linley Sambourne
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Publisher: Punch, Or the London Charivari
Other Contributors: Cecil Rhodes
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Notes: This arrogant visual representation of the late 19th century 'Scramble for Africa' was drawn by cartoonist Edward Linley Sambourne and published in the December 10th edition of London's "Punch Magazine". It shows British imperialist Cecil Rhodes as a brash Colossus, towering across the continent with outstretched arms, cable in hand. The image was drawn to accompany a scathing poem criticizing Rhode's plan to create a transcontinental telegraph and railroad 'the Cape to Cairo line'. The garb in which Rhodes is dressed, including the helmet and rifle, reflects the militarism he would employ to try and achieve his (ultimately failed) goal.
Last updated: Apr 29, 2022