2. Glyn Warren Philpot, German Ambition Reaches Out for World Domination (Deutsche Ehrgeiz will Weltherrschaft Fassen), 1917
Glyn Philpot (1884–1937) produced a number of drawings presenting the European conflict in terms of myth and fable. A great fan of Richard Wagner's music, he produced twelve drawings interpreting the war through the Ring cycle. He depicts characters drawn from Wagner's Götterdämmerung, or Twilight of the Gods, with Brunnhilde playing the part of 'Pan-Germanism' and Siegfried that of 'Prussian Militarism'. Here the dwarf Alberich, representing German ambition, grasps greedily for the ring, which stands for 'World Domination'; meanwhile, the Rhinemaidens circle protectively above Brunnhilde's rock. The drawings do not appear to have been officially commissioned, but were published by Philpot in 1917 as Die Hohenzollerndämmerung, Eine Welt-Tragödie (Twilight of the Hohenzollerns, A World Tragedy).