Banksy painting of chimps in House of Commons described as ‘more pertinent than ever’ amid Brexit chaos

A Banksy painting that shows the House of Commons occupied by chimpanzees is expected to fetch up to £2 million at auction in October.

Devoted Parliament depicts MPs as chimps in the middle of a Commons session, and at 13-feet is the artist’s largest-known work on canvas. It carries the inscription: “Laugh now, but one day we’ll be in charge.”

The quote was a homage to his piece Laugh Now, which features a stencil image of a chimpanzee wearing a sandwich board reading: ”Laugh now, but one day we’ll be in charge.”

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Devoted Parliament originally painted and displayed in the 2009 exhibition Banksy vs Bristol Museum, which attracted more than 300,000 visitors. 

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1/68 Westwood, California

A Banksy piece in California depicting a child wielding a machine gun, in black and white surrounded by colored flowers

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2/68 Manhattan, New York

A rat on the clock of an old bank building

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3/68 Camden Town, north London

Near the Oval Bridge

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4/68 ‘Sweeping It Under The Carpet’

The piece, commissioned by this newspaper, is intended to represent a metaphor for the west’s reluctance to tackle issues such as Aids in Africa

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5/68 ‘Di Faced Tenners’

In 2004, Banksy printed ‘one million pounds’ worth of his ‘Tenners’

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6/68 ‘Love is in the Bin’

During Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Sale on 5th October the Banksy artwork ‘Girl with Balloon’ shredded through the bottom of the frame as it was sold.

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7/68 ‘Urban decay’

Seen on the side of building on Wilder Street in Bristol

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8/68 ‘Glory’

Previously on view at Sotheby’s New Bond Street, London

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9/68 ‘Balloon Debate’

Banksy headed to Palestinian territories and created images on Israel’s highly controversial West Bank barrier

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10/68 ‘Kissing Coppers’

Pictured on display in Lazinc Gallery in London in 2018

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11/68 ‘Spy Booth’

On the side of a house in Cheltenham.

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12/68 ‘Escape’

A Banksy artwork piece on Israel’s highly controversial West Bank barrier in Abu Dis

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13/68 ‘The Son of a Migrant from Syria’

Artwork representing Steve Jobs, founder and late CEO of Apple, at the migrant camp known as the “Jungle” in Calais, northern France

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14/68 Artwork in ‘Walled Off Hotel’

Banksy launched a hotel in Bethlehem. The rooms of the hotel were filled with the artist’s work, much of which being about the conflict

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15/68 ‘One Nation Under CCTV’

In the yard of a Royal Mail depot in Newman Street, central London

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16/68 ‘Brexit’

A painted mural depicting a workman chipping away at one of the stars on a European Union flag in Dover

Getty

17/68 ‘Art Attack’

Seen on Israel’s highly controversial West Bank barrier

Getty

18/68 Artwork in ‘Walled Off Hotel’

A piece of artwork in Banksy’s ‘Walled Off Hote’l in the Israeli occupied West Bank town of Bethlehem

Getty

19/68 ‘Let Them Eat Crack’

A large mural of a rat wearing a tie and carrying a briefcase on a wall on Howard St and Broadway in New York

PA

20/68 Artwork in ‘Walled Off Hotel’

An installation hanging inside one of the rooms Banksy’s ‘Walled Off hotel’

AFP/Getty

21/68 Paris

Napoleon Bonaparte wearing a headscarf inspired by the original painting by Jacques-Louis David

AFP/Getty

22/68 ‘Burning Tyre’

A Banksy mural which was painted on the side of one of the classrooms at Bridge Farm Primary in Bristol during a half-term

PA

23/68 ‘Les Misérables’

Artwork depicting the girl from Les Miserables affected by tear gas, opposite the French embassy in Knightsbridge, London

PA

24/68 Zehra Dogan

Banksy’s 70-foot-long mural in New York, made to draw attention to the imprisonment of Zehra Dogan, a Kurdish painter from Turkey

AFP/Getty Images

25/68 Paris

A girl painting over a swastika cross

AFP/Getty

26/68 ‘Girl with Balloon’

Originally on the stairs to Waterloo Bridge on the South Bank, London

AFP/Getty Images

27/68 ‘Cardinal Sin’

On display at the Walker Art Gallery in 2012

Getty

28/68 Rage, Flower Thrower

Painted on a wall of a gas station in the West Bank city of Bethlehem

AFP/Getty Images

29/68 “Madonna with a pistol”

In Naples

AFP/Getty

30/68 ‘No Ball Games’

In Tottenham, North London

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31/68 ‘Cash Machine Girl’

In Finsbury, North London

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32/68 ‘Peckham Rock’

Installation of Banksy’s at the British Museum in London. The artist secretly placed the mock historical piece in a gallery at the museum in 2005 and it went unnoticed for three days

PA

33/68 Stained Window’

A collaboration between Banksy and the City of Angels public school in Los Angeles

AFP/Getty

34/68 Barbican Centre, London

One of two murals near the Barbican Centre in London

PA

35/68 Clerkenwell Green, London

Described by its creator as “a monument to liars, thieves and bullies”

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36/68 ‘Civilian Drone Strike’

Capstan House in East London

PA

37/68 ‘Armoured Dove’

In West Bank town of Bethlehem

AFP/Getty

38/68 ‘The Painter’

Portobello Road, West London

PA

39/68 ‘Yellow Lines Flower Painter’

Pollard Street, London

Getty

40/68 “Kids on Guns”

AFP/Getty

41/68 Barbican Centre, London

The second of the two murals painted by on the Barbican Centre, London

PA

42/68 “Cans”

London

AFP/Getty

43/68 ‘Sorry’

East London

AFP/Getty

44/68 ‘Napalm, (Can’t Beat That Feeling)’

Displayed in an unauthorised 2006 retrospective in London

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45/68 Calais, France

A child with a suitcase looking through a telescope with a vulture perched on it, in tribute to migrants and refugees on a beach in Calais

AFP/Getty

46/68 ‘Banksus Militus Vandalus’

Displayed in an unauthorised 2006 retrospective in London

Getty Images

47/68 London

Artwork depicting former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill

AFP/Getty

48/68 ‘Donkey Documents’

Moved from Jerusalem

PA

49/68 ‘A Girl with a Pierced Eardrum’

A defaced piece of art on a wall in the city of Bristol, at Hanover Place

PA

50/68 ‘Sperm Alarm’

Banksy’s name is reflected in the glass covering his piece. One of seven initially stolen works by the artist.

Getty

51/68 ‘Art Buff’

In Folkestone, Kent

PA

52/68 ‘The Mild, Mild West’

Stokes Croft, Bristol

PA

53/68 Paris

A man holding a handsaw behind his back and offering a bone to a dog which leg has been cut off

AFP/Getty

54/68 Peeing Dog

Los Angeles

PA

55/68 Bethlehem

Painting on a wall in Bethlehem in the West Bank

Getty

56/68 ‘Slave Labout’

A poor child making Union Jack flags on a sewing machine, located on the wall of a Poundland discount shop in the Wood Green area of north London

Getty

57/68 Lower East Side, New York

Painted during Banksy’s month in New York

Getty Images

58/68 ‘Jay Zeavis’

Glastonbury, Somerset

PA

59/68 Paris

Banksy said that he “blitzed” Paris with up to a dozen murals as a tribute to the May 1968 uprising and even took aim at the French government’s hard line on migrants

AFP/Getty

60/68 “I Love New York”

A large mural of a rat wearing on Wooster and Grand Street in New York

PA

61/68 Camden Town, north London

A piece under Camden Street Bridge, almost directly behind the British Transport Police building in Camden Town

PA

62/68 ‘Very Little Helps’

A child raising a Tesco’s plastic bag as a flag in London

Getty

63/68 ‘I Don’t Believe in Global Warming’

Camden Town, north London

PA

64/68 Camden Town, north London

PA

65/68 Bataclan concert hall, Paris

Artwork on a side street to the Bataclan concert hall where a terrorist attack killed 90 people in 2015

AFP/Getty

66/68 New Orleans, Louisiana

Getty

67/68 ‘Christ with Shopping Bags’

Lazinc Gallery in London

AFP/Getty Images

68/68 “Stop and Search”

Shown at Artcurial French auction house sale in Paris

AFP/Getty Images

1/68 Westwood, California

A Banksy piece in California depicting a child wielding a machine gun, in black and white surrounded by colored flowers

AFP/Getty

2/68 Manhattan, New York

A rat on the clock of an old bank building

Getty

3/68 Camden Town, north London

Near the Oval Bridge

PA

4/68 ‘Sweeping It Under The Carpet’

The piece, commissioned by this newspaper, is intended to represent a metaphor for the west’s reluctance to tackle issues such as Aids in Africa

Getty Images

5/68 ‘Di Faced Tenners’

In 2004, Banksy printed ‘one million pounds’ worth of his ‘Tenners’

PA

6/68 ‘Love is in the Bin’

During Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Sale on 5th October the Banksy artwork ‘Girl with Balloon’ shredded through the bottom of the frame as it was sold.

Getty Images

7/68 ‘Urban decay’

Seen on the side of building on Wilder Street in Bristol

PA

8/68 ‘Glory’

Previously on view at Sotheby’s New Bond Street, London

PA

9/68 ‘Balloon Debate’

Banksy headed to Palestinian territories and created images on Israel’s highly controversial West Bank barrier

Getty

10/68 ‘Kissing Coppers’

Pictured on display in Lazinc Gallery in London in 2018

AFP/Getty Images

11/68 ‘Spy Booth’

On the side of a house in Cheltenham.

PA

12/68 ‘Escape’

A Banksy artwork piece on Israel’s highly controversial West Bank barrier in Abu Dis

Getty Images

13/68 ‘The Son of a Migrant from Syria’

Artwork representing Steve Jobs, founder and late CEO of Apple, at the migrant camp known as the “Jungle” in Calais, northern France

AFP/Getty Images

14/68 Artwork in ‘Walled Off Hotel’

Banksy launched a hotel in Bethlehem. The rooms of the hotel were filled with the artist’s work, much of which being about the conflict

Getty Images

15/68 ‘One Nation Under CCTV’

In the yard of a Royal Mail depot in Newman Street, central London

PA Archive/PA Images

16/68 ‘Brexit’

A painted mural depicting a workman chipping away at one of the stars on a European Union flag in Dover

Getty

17/68 ‘Art Attack’

Seen on Israel’s highly controversial West Bank barrier

Getty

18/68 Artwork in ‘Walled Off Hotel’

A piece of artwork in Banksy’s ‘Walled Off Hote’l in the Israeli occupied West Bank town of Bethlehem

Getty

19/68 ‘Let Them Eat Crack’

A large mural of a rat wearing a tie and carrying a briefcase on a wall on Howard St and Broadway in New York

PA

20/68 Artwork in ‘Walled Off Hotel’

An installation hanging inside one of the rooms Banksy’s ‘Walled Off hotel’

AFP/Getty

21/68 Paris

Napoleon Bonaparte wearing a headscarf inspired by the original painting by Jacques-Louis David

AFP/Getty

22/68 ‘Burning Tyre’

A Banksy mural which was painted on the side of one of the classrooms at Bridge Farm Primary in Bristol during a half-term

PA

23/68 ‘Les Misérables’

Artwork depicting the girl from Les Miserables affected by tear gas, opposite the French embassy in Knightsbridge, London

PA

24/68 Zehra Dogan

Banksy’s 70-foot-long mural in New York, made to draw attention to the imprisonment of Zehra Dogan, a Kurdish painter from Turkey

AFP/Getty Images

25/68 Paris

A girl painting over a swastika cross

AFP/Getty

26/68 ‘Girl with Balloon’

Originally on the stairs to Waterloo Bridge on the South Bank, London

AFP/Getty Images

27/68 ‘Cardinal Sin’

On display at the Walker Art Gallery in 2012

Getty

28/68 Rage, Flower Thrower

Painted on a wall of a gas station in the West Bank city of Bethlehem

AFP/Getty Images

29/68 “Madonna with a pistol”

In Naples

AFP/Getty

30/68 ‘No Ball Games’

In Tottenham, North London

PA Archive/PA Images

31/68 ‘Cash Machine Girl’

In Finsbury, North London

PA

32/68 ‘Peckham Rock’

Installation of Banksy’s at the British Museum in London. The artist secretly placed the mock historical piece in a gallery at the museum in 2005 and it went unnoticed for three days

PA

33/68 Stained Window’

A collaboration between Banksy and the City of Angels public school in Los Angeles

AFP/Getty

34/68 Barbican Centre, London

One of two murals near the Barbican Centre in London

PA

35/68 Clerkenwell Green, London

Described by its creator as “a monument to liars, thieves and bullies”

Getty Images

36/68 ‘Civilian Drone Strike’

Capstan House in East London

PA

37/68 ‘Armoured Dove’

In West Bank town of Bethlehem

AFP/Getty

38/68 ‘The Painter’

Portobello Road, West London

PA

39/68 ‘Yellow Lines Flower Painter’

Pollard Street, London

Getty

40/68 “Kids on Guns”

AFP/Getty

41/68 Barbican Centre, London

The second of the two murals painted by on the Barbican Centre, London

PA

42/68 “Cans”

London

AFP/Getty

43/68 ‘Sorry’

East London

AFP/Getty

44/68 ‘Napalm, (Can’t Beat That Feeling)’

Displayed in an unauthorised 2006 retrospective in London

Getty Images

45/68 Calais, France

A child with a suitcase looking through a telescope with a vulture perched on it, in tribute to migrants and refugees on a beach in Calais

AFP/Getty

46/68 ‘Banksus Militus Vandalus’

Displayed in an unauthorised 2006 retrospective in London

Getty Images

47/68 London

Artwork depicting former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill

AFP/Getty

48/68 ‘Donkey Documents’

Moved from Jerusalem

PA

49/68 ‘A Girl with a Pierced Eardrum’

A defaced piece of art on a wall in the city of Bristol, at Hanover Place

PA

50/68 ‘Sperm Alarm’

Banksy’s name is reflected in the glass covering his piece. One of seven initially stolen works by the artist.

Getty

51/68 ‘Art Buff’

In Folkestone, Kent

PA

52/68 ‘The Mild, Mild West’

Stokes Croft, Bristol

PA

53/68 Paris

A man holding a handsaw behind his back and offering a bone to a dog which leg has been cut off

AFP/Getty

54/68 Peeing Dog

Los Angeles

PA

55/68 Bethlehem

Painting on a wall in Bethlehem in the West Bank

Getty

56/68 ‘Slave Labout’

A poor child making Union Jack flags on a sewing machine, located on the wall of a Poundland discount shop in the Wood Green area of north London

Getty

57/68 Lower East Side, New York

Painted during Banksy’s month in New York

Getty Images

58/68 ‘Jay Zeavis’

Glastonbury, Somerset

PA

59/68 Paris

Banksy said that he “blitzed” Paris with up to a dozen murals as a tribute to the May 1968 uprising and even took aim at the French government’s hard line on migrants

AFP/Getty

60/68 “I Love New York”

A large mural of a rat wearing on Wooster and Grand Street in New York

PA

61/68 Camden Town, north London

A piece under Camden Street Bridge, almost directly behind the British Transport Police building in Camden Town

PA

62/68 ‘Very Little Helps’

A child raising a Tesco’s plastic bag as a flag in London

Getty

63/68 ‘I Don’t Believe in Global Warming’

Camden Town, north London

PA

64/68 Camden Town, north London

PA

65/68 Bataclan concert hall, Paris

Artwork on a side street to the Bataclan concert hall where a terrorist attack killed 90 people in 2015

AFP/Getty

66/68 New Orleans, Louisiana

Getty

67/68 ‘Christ with Shopping Bags’

Lazinc Gallery in London

AFP/Getty Images

68/68 “Stop and Search”

Shown at Artcurial French auction house sale in Paris

AFP/Getty Images

It will go on display at Sotheby’s on 28 September before being auctioned at Bristol Museum’s Contemporary Art Evening on 3 October.

Alex Branczik, European head of contemporary art at Sotheby’s, said Banksy “confronted the burning issues of the day”, and that “regardless of where you sit in the Brexit debate, there’s no doubt that this work is more pertinent now than it has ever been.”

He described it as capturing “unprecedented levels of political chaos” and added that it confirmed Banksy as “the satirical polemicist of our time” and “a modern-day Voltaire”.

(PA)

The Devoted Parliament auction will take place one year after Banksy infamously self-destructed his artwork immediately after a winning bid was placed at Sotheby’s.


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