Dropping the Pilot

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"Dropping the Pilot". Caricature by Sir John Tenniel (1820–1914), first published in the British magazine Punch, 29 March 1890.[1]

Dropping the Pilot is a political cartoon by Sir John Tenniel, first published in the British magazine Punch on 29 March 1890.[1] It depicts Chancellor Otto von Bismarck, as a maritime pilot, stepping off a ship (perhaps a reference to Plato's ship of state),[1] 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.

The cartoon is well known in Germany and often used in history textbooks, under the title German: Der Lotse geht von Bord, (literally, The pilot leaves the ship).[1]



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