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SIGNED AND DATED 'AUG 2. 1899'
PEN AND INK
12 X 9 INCHES
PRELIMINARY PENCIL DRAWING OF MALE FIGURE ON REVERSE
ILLUSTRATED: PUNCH, 9 AUGUST 1899, PAGE 62
EXHIBITED: THE ILLUSTRATORS
THE BRITISH ART OF ILLUSTRATION 1870-2010, NO 68
In August 1898, Tsar Nicholas II proposed an international peace conference, in order to define laws of war and identify war crimes. It took place from May 1899 at the palace of Huis ten Bosch, in The Hague, with the convention being signed on
29 July. As depicted in the present cartoon, the president of the conference was Baron de Staal, the Russian ambassador to the Court of St James.