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The Rhodes Colossus

POSTER 1 / CAPE TO CAIRO

The Rhodes Colossus


The Rhodes Colossus is a cartoon by English cartoonist Edward Linley Sambourne, published by Punch magazine in England in December, 1892. The image depicts mining magnate and politician Cecil John Rhodes straddling the African continent with a telegraph wire in his hands. The image refers to Rhodes’ desire to build a ‘Cape to Cairo’ rail and telegraph line to connect the British colonies in Africa.