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Two former Caesars

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Physical description

Political cartoon in the little Caesar series, with "ALAN MOIR" written in the top left hand corner under the title scroll. Hand drawn in black ink and shaded in sections, drawn on tcardboard. Below the scroll is the paragraph "TWO FORMER/ CAESARS, B1 & B2,/ OPERATE ON A/ SICKLY PATIENT". The cartoon has seven scenes and depicts two figures removing object from a body. They claim "ERK/ YUCK" as they snip the offending objects from the body. In the final scene the two figures stand against a wall with the newly constructed scar crow wearing an "ALP" overall jumpsuit. The characters say "THE OPERATION/ WAS A TOTAL/ SUCCESS.. " and "GOOD/ AS/ NEW", to two followers standing in front of them holding a sign that reads: "TRUE/ BELIEVERS/ ALUMNI". Artist's notes on the reverse read: "6. April 02".'.

Statement of significance

The collection consists of 220 original editorial cartoons drawn by Alan Moir and published in the Sydney Morning Herald from 1986-2003. 58 of the cartoons are from Moir's popular series entitled "Little Caesar" which is published in the Saturday edition of the paper.

This collection provides an overview of the work of one of Australia's leading political cartoonists, Alan Moir. Moir is the editorial cartoonist for the Sydney Morning Herald and has also worked for The Bulletin and Courier Mail. The collection documents the twists and turns of Federal politics from 1986 to 2003. The prime ministerships of Hawke, Keating and Howard all reviewed through Moir's satirical gaze. Major issues covered include the economy, international relations, the introduction of the GST, corporate collapses, the Bali bombing and the second Gulf War.

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