“My own deep conviction about the destinies of free men is that from February 15 their movements are liable to be severely constricted.”
Two commuters contemplate the threatened rail strikes, and make their priorities clear. In his historically important “Wind of Change” speech of the previous day, Harold Macmillan made clear that the British government intended to pursue a policy of decolonization in Africa, and referring to South Africa persistence with apartheid had warned; “that there are some aspects of your policies which make it impossible for us to do this without being false to our own deep convictions about the political destinies of free men to which in our own territories we are trying to give effect.” No wind of change on the 7:15 from Esher. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, though often waspishly accurate and exuding an urbane air of amusement at the foibles of his fellows, Bentley’s work was familiar to the public from a wide variety of publications. Between 1952 and 1954 he drew regular cartoons for the weekly Time and Tide, and after that for the daily News Chronicle. Between 1958 and 1962 he drew topical cartoons for the Daily Mail under the title “Watch My Line.” He also drew many portraits, in black and white line, of famous people, for various papers, including over sixty for the Sunday Telegraph, which began publication in February 1961.
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Sheet size: 192 140 mm. Pen and black ink with blue pencil crayon on wove paper. Stamped on verso for publication in the Daily Mail, 4 February 1960, and with pencil reproduction instructions recto.