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Drawing - 'Slim Comforts', Ambrose Dyson, Framed, 1952 Object Reg. No: SH 901553

Drawing by Ambrose Dyson, 1952. This cartoon is a riposte to Governor-General Sir William Slim's suggestion that women should 'seek happiness at the stove'. It was published in the Guardian on 11 September 1952. It was exhibited at the Social Realists Exhibition at the Melbourne Contemporary Art Gallery in July 1990.

Edward Ambrose Dyson (1908-1952) was a prominent member of the Australian social realist art movement, and contributed a weekly cartoon to the Guardian from 1949 to 1952. His father (Ambrose Dyson) and an uncle (Will Dyson) were also cartoonists. In 1945 he joined the Communist Party and was an active member until his death in 1952.
Raw wooden framed, mounted ink caricature of Field-Marshall Sir William Slim with three men in top hats being observed by a woman (head and shoulders), a stove festooned with chains and balls bearing slogans such as: Lack of Schools, Unemployment Fears. Press cutting attached to top of cartoon.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 52.50 cm (Height), 38.50 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: art, women s issues, artworks, working life, politics, domestic work, housework, artistic practices, politicians, artists, gender roles, cartoons, women s role, political comment
Themes this item is part of: Edward Ambrose Dyson, Political Cartoonist & Artist (1908-1952), Domestic & Community Life Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection
Primary Classification: POLITICS & PUBLIC PROTEST
Secondary Classification: Gender Politics
Tertiary Classification: cartoons
Inscriptions: Signed: Amb Dyson. Press cutting attached to cartoon: NEW GOVERNOR-GENERAL URGES WOMEN TO/Seek happiness at the stove. HERALD/SEPT. 3rd. Inscription, reverse: 27. Typed label: 31 SLIM COMFORTS/32 x 20cm $650. Adhesive label: INDIVIDUAL ART FRAMERS...Lilydale...
Artist: Mr Ambrose Dyson, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1952
Place & Date Published: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 11 Sep 1952

This cartoon was published in the Guardian on 11 September 1952
Place & Date Exhibited: Melbourne Contemporary Art Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Jul 1990
Place & Date Depicted: Australia, 1952

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