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Sir Francis Drakes Game of Bowls. A. D. 1588 (colour litho)

Sir Francis Drakes Game of Bowls. A. D. 1588 (colour litho)


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Sir Francis Drakes Game of Bowls. A. D. 1588 (colour litho)

670053 Sir Francis Drakes Game of Bowls. A.D. 1588 (colour litho) by Moreland, Arthur (1876-1951); Private Collection; (add.info.: Sir Francis Drakes Game of Bowls. A.D. 1588. Illustration for Humors of History (Sully and Ford, c 1905).); © Look and Learn

Media ID 25159588

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Sir Francis Drake's Game of Bowls - A Satirical Take on History

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. This colorful lithograph, created by Arthur Moreland in 1876, captures a humorous moment from history. Depicting Sir Francis Drake's famous game of bowls in 1588, the image offers a satirical commentary on the tensions between England and Spain during that time. In this comical scene, we see Sir Francis Drake engaging in a friendly game of bowls while the Spanish Armada looms menacingly in the background. The artist cleverly uses visual humor to poke fun at both English and Spanish stereotypes. With exaggerated features and caricatured expressions, he portrays the English as confident and carefree while mocking their arch-rivals with exaggerated accents and flamboyant gestures. The cartoonish nature of this artwork adds an element of light-heartedness to an otherwise serious historical event. It reminds us that even during times of conflict, there is room for laughter and satire. Moreland's illustration was originally published as part of "Humors of History" in 1905. This satirical drawing serves as a scathing critique not only on political tensions but also on cultural differences between nations such as Germany and Spain within Europe. Today, this print continues to entertain viewers with its witty portrayal of historical events. It invites us to reflect on how humor can be used to shed light on complex issues while providing amusement through visual comedy.

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