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Drawing by William Sharp

Object | Accession Number: 1995.132.59

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    Drawing by William Sharp

    Overview

    Artwork Title
    Please! Arms for Poor Germany
    Date
    creation:  1935
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Harold Shachner
    Markings
    Verso: Right edge, toward top, "4 cols-" / "Set -" / "4126 in a half circle but crossed out / "4127" in a circle / "55" underlined, all in graphite
    Signature
    Signed and dated upper edge, left of center, "Sharp 35"
    Contributor
    Artist: William Sharp
    Biography
    Leon Schleifer was born in 1900 in Germany. He served in the German army at the end of World War I (1914-1918). He became a political cartoonist and his work was published in the anti-Nazi press. He also specialized in courtroom trial sketches. After the appointment of Hitler as Chancellor in 1933, Schliefer emigrated to the United States. He changed his name to William Sharp and continued his career as an editorial cartoonist and illustrator. His work was published in the New York Times, Life Magazine, and other publications. He died in 1961, age sixty-one years.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Classification
    Art
    Category
    Drawings
    Object Type
    Drawing (lcsh)
    Physical Description
    Image of Hitler standing in front of tank cannons, surrounded by all types of artillery. His palms are turned up in a pleading motion and his face shows a piteous look. Verso: white adhesive label with "12" typewritten on it in upper left corner
    Dimensions
    overall: Height: 14.880 inches (37.795 cm) | Width: 14.880 inches (37.795 cm)
    Materials
    overall : paper, ink wash, ink, graphite, tempera
    Inscription
    Verso: lower half of lower half of sheet, center, "Pity Poor Germany!" in graphite and crossed out. Below this is, also in graphite, "Please! Arms for Poor Germany" with a crossed out exclamation point at the end of title.

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
    No restrictions on use

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    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The drawing was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1995 by Harold Shachner.
    Record last modified:
    2022-07-28 18:22:41
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