About this artwork

This photograph was published alongside ‘Poodle Parlour, London’ (PGP 279.33B) in the satirical magazine ‘Lilliput’ in 1939, offering a comparison between the living conditions of the urban poor and the care lavished on pets by their wealthy owners. The juxtaposition made a simple political point and encouraged the viewer to think about the unequal organisation of society. This was a rhetorical technique common in left-wing illustrated journals on the Continent. The Austrian magazine, ‘Der Kuckuck’, had published a similar story in 1931 comparing the living conditions of the Berlin poor with the more salubrious accommodation of the city’s dog home.

Edith Tudor-Hart

Owen Logan

Edith Tudor-Hart

Owen Logan