Canvas Prints

Larry Butterworth

San Diego, United States

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Sizing Information

Small 8.0" x 11.0"
Medium 12.0" x 16.5"
Large 16.0" x 22.0"
X large 20.0" x 27.5"


  • Each print is individually stretched and constructed for your order
  • Epson pigment inks using Giclée inkjets to ensure a long life
  • UV protection provided by a clear lacquer
  • Cotton/poly blend Canson canvas for brighter whites and even stretching


Artist's Description

keywords for this image: apocalyptic, big brother, cockroach, futuristic, george orwell, nuclear war, sci fi, surrealism, survival myth, nineteen eighty four, larry butterworth, hiroshima, nagasaki, atom bomb

The cockroach survival myth seems to have originated with the development of the atom bomb. In The Cockroach Papers: A Compendium of History and Lore, journalist Richard Schweid notes that roaches were reported to have survived the blasts at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, leading some to believe that they would inherit the Earth after a nuclear war. This idea spread during the 1960s, in part due to its dissemination by anti-nuclear activists. For example, a famous advertisement sponsored by the National Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy and referenced in a 1968 New York Times article read, in part, “A nuclear war, if it comes, will not be won by the Americans … the Russians … the Chinese. The winner of World War III will be the cockroach.”

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