Will Dyson

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Will Dyson
Self portrait of Will Dyson (1910).jpg
Self Portrait [1910]
BornWilliam Henry Dyson
(1880-09-03)3 September 1880
Alfredton, Victoria, Australia
Died21 January 1938(1938-01-21) (aged 57)
Chelsea, London, England

William Henry Dyson (3 September 1880 – 21 January 1938) was an Australian illustrator and political cartoonist.

"Peace and Future Cannon Fodder"

It was shortly after his wife's death that he drew what was to become one of the most celebrated and widely reproduced of all cartoons, entitled "Peace and Future Cannon Fodder" and astonishing in its uncanny foresight. Published in the British Daily Herald on 13 May 1919, it showed David Lloyd George, Vittorio Orlando and Georges Clemenceau (the Prime Ministers of Britain, Italy and France respectively), together with Woodrow Wilson, the President of the United States, emerging after a meeting at Versailles to discuss the Peace Treaty. Clemenceau, who was identified by his nickname "The Tiger", is saying to the others: "Curious! I seem to hear a child weeping!". And there, behind a pillar, is a child in tears; it is labelled "1940 Class".[1]


Dyson's friend and colleague Charles Bean suggested that the Australian War Memorial should have a special Dyson gallery, so high was his respect for Dyson's work. In 2016, the Memorial held more than 270 of Dyson's works, but had none of them on display.[2]


  1. ^ "View zoomable cartoon item: P0497 – The British Cartoon Archive – University of Kent". Cartoons.ac.uk. 12 May 1919. Retrieved 12 March 2012.
  2. ^ Ross McMullin, "Our finest war artist is missing in action", The Age, 25 April 2016, p. 19

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