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 resigned as Chancellor at Wilhelm's demand just ten days earlier on 19 March because of political differences.
After the cartoon's publication, Tenniel received a commission from the 5th Earl of Rosebery to create a copy to be sent to Bismarck himself. The former chancellor reportedly replied, "It is indeed a fine one".
- 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
- Cartoon Dropping the Pilots showing Khrushchev looking down as the four "Pilots" leave the ship of state.
- Cartoon showing the pilot Abraham Lincoln being "Dropped" from the "Grand Old Party" By Captain Barry Goldwater
- Cartoon showing Margaret Thatcher being "Dropped as the Pilot"
- Steve Bell of The Guardian has adapted the cartoon:
- Martin Rowson of The Guardian has also adapted the cartoon repeatedly:
- "Dropping the Pilot (1890)". Wilhelmine Germany and the First World War (1890-1918). German History in Documents and Images (GHDI). Retrieved 1 March 2014. "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".
- The Times, London: Times Newspapers Ltd., March 19, 1890.
- The New York Times, New York: The New York Times Company, March 19, 1890.
- Engen, Rodney K. Sir John Tenniel: Alice's White Knight, Aldershot, Hants, England: Scolar Press, 1991, 140-142.
- 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.
- Bell, Steve. "Steve Bell on Damian Green's resignation – cartoon". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
- Rowson, Martin (5 March 2012). "The Guardian Comment Cartoon". Steve Hilton's Exit. The Guardian. Retrieved 5 March 2012.
- Rowson, Martin (7 December 2014). "The Guardian Comment Cartoon". Alex Salmond standing in the 2015 general election. The Guardian. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
- Rowson, Martin (14 February 2017). "The Guardian Comment Cartoon". The resignation of Michael Flynn. The Guardian. Retrieved 14 February 2017.