The Triumph of Democracy

Sir William Rothenstein, 1872 - 1945

The Triumph of Democracy

Sir William Rothenstein 1872 - 1945


A group of figures in a flat, farming landscape. On the left is a German soldier wearing a long blue coat and a golden helmet with his head lowered. He is being restrained by a British soldier in a beige uniform and a green tin hat, and at his feet is a broken sword. In the centre another British soldier is carrying a young child with blonde hair towards a woman on the right with outstretched arms and wearing a white dress. Two women watch from the left edge of the composition and two male farm workers look on from the right, one of whom is carrying a chain. A horse and plough are positioned in the centre middle ground and a ruined house is in the background. The message at the base of the image reads: 'WHILE DEMOCRACY IS UNCHAINED, TYRANNY IS BOUND & FROM THE TRENCHES IS BROUGHT THE HOPE OF FRUITFUL SERVICE FOR ALL'.

Object Name

The Triumph of Democracy

Creators Name

Sir William Rothenstein

Date Created



print: 43.2cm x 70.9cm
support: 53.3cm x 80.1cm

accession number

1920.8 N

Place of creation





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