"Will She Weather It?" - The New Zealand Herald 16th September, 1911
Ward Ministry's Shipwreck
The best-known cartoon that Mr. Lloyd ever drew appeared in September, 1911, before the general election in which Sir Joseph Ward suffered defeat. The drawing was entitled "Will She Weather It ?" and depicted the Ministry as Maoris in a battered war canoe, heading for a rock under the escort of a shark labelled "Socialism." After the poll the artist was able to publish a second cartoon showing the shipwreck, with the shark swallowing the Hon. George Fowlds, who in the first picture had been represented diving overboard.
Throughout Great War Mr. Lloyd drew cartoons in every mood, reflecting the tragedy of that period and the humour which helped to sustain the Empire's spirit. The" first of them was called "Under the Shadow," and represented the angel of death passing over Europe. The last, "The Dawn of Peace," showed day breaking over a shell-wrecked French town. Perhaps the best of the humorous pictures was "Dropping the Pirates," in which the Kaiser and the Crown Prince descended the gangway like Bismarck in Sir John Tenniel's famous Punch cartoon, and "Where to Kaiser?" showing a horde of Maori warriors rushing into the fray accompanied by a typical native dog.
On local topics, Mr Lloyd caught the public taste most aptly with the fun he made of the ' "New Zealand Snailways," a skit on the general slowness of the railway system, and ‘The Top Dog," which appeared when 'a census showed Auckland to be by far the largest city in New Zealand. During the long battle over prohibition he had much fun with "Spot," a ferocious bull-dog, in mortal combat with the tee-total cat.
Most of Mr. Lloyd's work for THE WEEKLY NEWS was done in line and wash, but in 1921 he began to contribute regularly in pen-and-ink to the Saturday supplement of the HERALD, continuing until his retirement. For the Christmas Number of THE WEEKLY NEWS he drew numbers of decorative borders, adorned with kiwis, tree-ferns and Maori imps.
Work as an Etcher
As a recreation Mr. Lloyd produced some hundreds of etchings, having taught himself the craft, of which he was almost a New Zealand pioneer. His subjects were mainly native trees, which he drew with singular insight, native birds, Maori heads and landscapes, and his prints are owned by collectors all over the world. His other avocation was searching for Maori relics, particularly on the West Coast from the Manukau Heads northward, every inch of which he knew well. He made many remarkable finds, in caves and middens, and built up one of the largest private collections in New Zealand of greenstone ornaments, implements and other native objects.
Mr. Lloyd is survived by his wife and two daughters, the Misses Constance and Olive Lloyd, both of whom have attained distinction among New Zealand etchers.
Below: A selection of Trevor Lloyds drawings, drypoints and etchings.