This political postcard comments on the social effects caused by private ownership of land and property in London and Westminster. 'Landlordism' is shown as an octopus, its tentacles encircling estates owned by the Duke of Westminster, Earl Cadogan, Duke of Norfolk, Howard de Walden, Lord Portman, Duke of Bedford, the Ecclesiastical Commissioners and Lord Northampton, giving acreage and yearly rent owed.
Use of the octopus in British political illustration originates with serio-comic maps of Fred W. Rose.
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- Tom Harper
- Popular culture, War
Objective geographical representation isn’t always the intention of maps – they can also provide social, economic or political commentary on a region, as British Library maps curator, Tom Harper discusses.