Southern Jutland recovered For many Danes, the image of Mother Denmark standing on the bridge over the River Kongeå to welcome home the daughter that had been forcibly torn from her is the picture of the reunification. The text was written in December 1918 by the poet, Henrik Pontoppidan. This is a stanza from a poem with four verses. Pontop­pidan is best known as an author for his social realism, but he was so moved by the prospect of Southern Jutland returning to Denmark that he fell the need to express his feelings more lyrically. The painter, Joakim Skov­gaard, was able to create and illustration that matched the tone and the content of the poem. Representing the fatherland as a brave and caring mother figure and Southern Jutland as her daughter is a tradition that goes back to the first half of the 19th century, and the symbol was very popular in Denmark around 1920. Joakim Skovgaard attempted to present the archetypal Danish rolling landscape with a farm complete with flagpole and a windmill. The Mother raises her hand to heaven to thank God for the happy return of her daughter. Danish plebiscite poster, drawn by Joakim Skovgaard, text by Henrik Pontoppidan. 83 x 58.5 cm. 10,000 copies.