Caricature world map depicting the beginning of the Second World War
By SOARES, Antonio, 1941
Mapa Humoristico do Mundo Guerra 1939 Visado Pela Comissao de Censura Registado.
- Author: SOARES, Antonio
- Publication date: 1941
- Physical description: Chromolithographed map.
- Dimensions: 555 by 755mm. (21.75 by 29.75 inches).
- Inventory reference: 12277
Portugal, where the map was made, holds a flag saying “A place of peace and work”. Portugal remained neutral throughout the Second World War, preserving their alliance with Britain and trading with both Axis and Allied sides. Their presence was instrumental in preventing the entry of Francoist Spain into the war. At the lower left corner there is a table giving the military strengths of the countries shown on the map.
Antonio Soares (1894–1978) was a Portuguese cartographer and illustrator.
We have not been able to trace any other examples of his work; two other caricature maps by him were offered for sale by Clars Auction Gallery, California, and Altea Gallery, London, in 2016.