N05670 LOOK OUT, BRUTUS! CAESAR IS GOING TO UNSEAL HIS LIPS! 1936
Inscr. ‘Low’ b.r. and with title b.c.
Indian ink and blue chalk, 14 1/2×21 3/4 (36×55·5).
Presented by the artist 1946.
Exh: London Gallery, May–June 1937 (77).
Published in the Evening Standard, 13 May 1936. The cartoon represents Stanley Baldwin, the Prime Minister, ‘torn by a wish to lose neither the favour of the pacificist masses, nor the chance one day to begin a programme of rearmament. Baldwin could not bring himself to trust the people with the full facts of the national position. “My lips are sealed,” he said. Whereupon I labelled him OLD SEALED LIPS and drew him regularly with gum-tape across his mouth. The nickname spread and I heard that his staff used it at Downing Street…