Welcome to Cartooning the
First World War

Cartooning the First World War brings together all the wartime newspaper cartoons of Joseph Morewood Staniforth (‘JMS’), which originally appeared in the British Sunday paper the News of the World and the Cardiff daily paper the Western Mail. Over 1300 cartoons document the war’s changing fortunes and the ways in which the conflict was experienced and represented by one of the most popular visual artists of the time. Each cartoon is presented with explanatory notes and with an open invitation to users to comment on the image and its possible meanings. The cartoons are accompanied by a range of resources which help to contextualise the cartoonist, his work, and the newspapers which published him.

Please note that the website currently holds cartoons right up to the end of the war. At present commentaries are available for all cartoons to the end of May 1917. We are working to supply the remaining commentaries in the very near future.

Please also take a look at the sister websites - 'Cartooning the Road to War' which covers the years before the outbreak of the First World War, and 'Cartooning the Post-War World', which brings together all Staniforth's cartoons from the Armistice of 1918 to his death in 1921.

Cartooning the First World War is a project which was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and based at Cardiff University, where it is led by Professor Chris Williams, Head of the School of History, Archaeology and Religion.

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