Dropping the Pilot
Dropping the Pilot is a political cartoon by Sir John Tenniel, first published in the British magazine Punch on 29 March 1890. It depicts Chancellor Otto von Bismarck, as a maritime pilot, stepping off a ship (perhaps a reference to Plato's ship of state), idly and unconcernedly watched by a young Wilhelm II, German Emperor. Bismarck had just resigned as Chancellor at Wilhelm's demand, as their political views were too different for Wilhelm.
- Dropping the pilot, referring to Kaiser Wilhelm's removal from the list of Royal Navy admirals in 1914, by David Low
- Dropping the pilot, referring to Winston Churchill, by Daniel Bishop
- Steve Bell of The Guardian often adapts the cartoon:
- Martin Rowson of The Guardian also adapted the cartoon:
- "Wilhelmine Germany and the First World War (1890-1918)". German History in Documents and Images (GHDI). Retrieved 1 March 2014.
|chapter=ignored (help) "Here, we see a weary Bismarck descending the ladder of the “ship” Germany, which he had steered for almost 20 years as chancellor. A young Wilhelm II looks on from the deck."
- Low, David. "Dropping the Pilot". politicalcartoon.co.uk. Retrieved 8 July 2010.[dead link]
- Bishop, Daniel. "Dropping the Pilot". Library of Congress. Retrieved 8 July 2010.
- Bell, Steve (10 November 2006). "Vice-president faces isolation after key ally leaves Pentagon". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 July 2010.
- Bell, Steve (1 July 2009). "Iraqis celebrate the withdrawal of American combat troops". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 July 2010.
- Bell, Steve (25 June 2014). "David Cameron's response to Coulson's guilt". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 July 2014.
- Rowson, Martin (5 March 2012). "The Guardian Comment Cartoon". Steve Hilton's Exit. The Guardian. Retrieved March 5, 2012.
- Rowson, Martin (7 December 2014). "The Guardian Comment Cartoon". Alex Salmond standing in the 2015 general election. The Guardian. Retrieved 7 December 2014.