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    Cartoon Prints, American This assemblage of more than 500 prints made in America during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries encompasses several forms of political art. Most of the prints are from the division's PC/US series, which consists of individually cataloged political cartoons and caricatures. All of the prints meet two criteria: they were originally designed to express sentiments relating to civic life and government in the United...
    • Contributor: Baillie, James S. - Bucholzer, H. - Childs, John - Clay, Edward Williams - Currier, Nathaniel - Magee, John L. - Maurer, Louis - Robinson, Henry R. - Currier & Ives
    • Date: 1766

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  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Jeff Davis on the right platform, or the last "act of secession" 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 32.6 x 28 cm. (image) | A caricature of Jefferson Davis, probably issued not long after the bombardment of Fort Sumter, but certainly postdating his February 1861 election as president of the Confederacy. Davis is shown standing on a gallows, draped in the Confederate flag and wearing on his head a misshapen Phrygian cap. Under him...
    • Contributor: Currier & Ives
    • Date: 1861
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    Southern "volunteers" 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 23.8 x 36.9 cm (image) | The print may have appeared soon after the Confederate Congress passed a national conscription act on April 16, 1862, to strengthen its dwindling army of volunteers. The artist characterizes regular Confederate troops as unsavory, criminal types. Two of them (in uniform, left and center) have a well-dressed young gentleman in...
    • Contributor: Currier & Ives
    • Date: 1862
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    The jack knife war 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 23.4 x 36.6 cm. (image) | The 1870 New York City charter, written by Tammany Hall political boss William Marcy Tweed and his associates, gave the "Tweed Ring" carte blanche to deplete the city's treasury. This cartoon, probably issued shortly after the charter's passage, is critical of the leeway given Tweed by some of New York's...
    • Contributor: Currier & Ives
    • Date: 1871
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    Abraham's dream!--"Coming events cast their shadows before" 1 print on wove paper : lithograph ; image 28 x 36 cm. | The artist portrays a President tormented by nightmares of defeat in the election of 1864. The print probably appeared late in the campaign. (The Library's copy was deposited for copyright on September 22.) Lincoln was said to have believed in the prophetic importance of dreams. The President lies on a...
    • Contributor: Currier & Ives - Maurer, Louis
    • Date: 1864
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    The battle of Booneville, or the great Missouri "Lyon" Hunt 1 print on wove paper : lithograph ; image 27 x 38 cm. | A jubilant Northern portrayal of the rout of Missouri secessionist governor Claiborne F. Jackson and Gen. Sterling Price at Booneville on June 17, 1861. (See "Strayed," no. 1861-31.) Here a lion with the head of Union commander Nathaniel Lyon chases Jackson (center) and Price toward the right. Jackson, wearing a...
    • Contributor: Currier & Ives
    • Date: 1861
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    The Blockade on the "Connecticut Plan" 1 print on wove paper : lithograph ; image 24 x 37 cm. | The artist ridicules the government's early efforts to overhaul and augment a somewhat outdated Union fleet to blockade Southern ports and effectively defend against Confederate privateers and blockade-runners. Navy Secretary Gideon Welles of Connecticut is disparaged as two Union vessels--essentially wooden washtubs armed with small cannons--try to block the path...
    • Contributor: Currier & Ives
    • Date: 1862
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    The boss of the ring 1 print : lithograph. | A caricature of New York financier James Fisk as a bulldog. The print may have been issued around September 1869, when Fisk and a few associates precipitated a financial panic by their attempts to corner the gold market.
    • Contributor: Currier & Ives
    • Date: 1869
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Breaking that "backbone" 1 print on wove paper : lithograph ; image 27 x 34 cm. | A figurative commentary on Northern efforts to end the rebellion during the early years of the Civil War. Confederate President Jefferson Davis (far left) displays "the Great Southern Gyascutis," a dog-like monster with long fangs and an enlarged spine, the "stiffest Back-Bone ever grown." The beast is labeled "Rebellion." Davis...
    • Contributor: Currier & Ives - Day, Benjamin Henry
    • Date: 1862
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    The Chicago platform and candidate 1 print on wove paper : lithograph ; image 28 x 40 cm. | McClellan was branded a hypocrite by many critics who saw his public stance on the war issue as ambiguous and deceptive. Nominated because of his military record, he nevertheless ran on a peace platform, written by Copperhead leader Clement Laird Vallandigham, but then asserted his support for the war in...
    • Contributor: Currier & Ives - Maurer, Louis
    • Date: 1864
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Democratic reformers in search of a head 1 print on wove paper : lithograph ; image 25 x 36 cm. | A mild parody on the strife and corruption within the New York Democratic party. In 1876 Tammany leader "Honest John" Kelly used his power over rank-and-file Democrats to oppose New York governor Samuel Tilden's bid for the party's presidential nomination at its national convention in St. Louis. Here an impenetrable...
    • Contributor: Currier & Ives
    • Date: 1876
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    The flag of our union 1 print on wove paper : lithograph ; image 44 x 31 cm. | A dramatic Unionist print in much the same mold as "The Union Volunteer" (no. 1861-14). Here a young, mustachioed Union soldier is shown in three-quarter length, facing left while holding an American flag over his right shoulder and raising a saber above his head. This and similar prints were evidently...
    • Contributor: Currier & Ives
    • Date: 1861
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Grand banner of the radical democracy, for 1864 1 print on wove paper : lithograph with watercolor ; image 32.2 x 22.4 cm. | Print shows a campaign banner for presidential nominee John C. Fremont and his running mate John Cochrane. Fremont and Cochrane were the candidates of a faction of radical Democrats consisting mostly of Germans and abolitionists. The nominees' bust portraits appear in the center in roundels framed in oak...
    • Contributor: Currier & Ives
    • Date: 1864
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    Grand National Democratic banner. Peace! Union! and victory! 1 print on wove paper : lithograph with watercolor ; image 32.5 x 22.6 cm. | Print shows a campaign banner, almost identical to the "Grand National Union Banner" (no. 1864-13) except for the inclusion of portraits of Democratic candidates George B. McClellan and George H. Pendleton, two additional flags above the portraits, and a vignette below of a busy harbor near a shore...
    • Contributor: Currier & Ives
    • Date: 1864
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Grand National Democratic banner 1 print on wove paper : lithograph ; image 33.5 x 22.9 cm. | Print shows a campaign banner for Democratic candidates Samuel J. Tilden and Thomas A. Hendricks, almost identical to Currier & Ives's "Grand National Republican Banner" (no. 1876-1.) The Tilden-Hendricks banner, however, stresses their campaign theme of federal reform. Above the candidates' portraits appears the figure of Liberty, holding a flag...
    • Contributor: Currier & Ives
    • Date: 1876
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Grand National Republican banner 1 print on wove paper : lithograph ; image 33.6 x 22.5 cm. | Print shows a campaign banner for the 1876 Republican presidential ticket. Bust portraits of Ohio governor Rutherford B. Hayes and William A. Wheeler are framed with laurel wreaths. Above them hang swags of drapery with tassels. A bald eagle rests on the top of the portraits, flanked by four American...
    • Contributor: Currier & Ives
    • Date: 1876
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    Grand National Liberal Republican banner for 1872 1 print on wove paper : lithograph ; image 35.2 x 24 cm. | A facsimile of an ornate cloth banner for Liberal Republican candidates Horace Greeley and Benjamin Gratz Brown. At the top of the banner, which is suspended from a crossbar, is an eagle holding a streamer inscribed with mottoes of the campaign: "Liberty, Equality and Fraternity, Universal Amnesty and Impartial Suffrage."...
    • Contributor: Currier & Ives
    • Date: 1872
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    Grand national union banner for 1860. The candidates and their platform 1 print on wove paper : lithograph ; image 32.9 x 24.5 cm. | Print shows a campaign banner for Constitutional Union party presidential and vice presidential candidates Bell and Everett. The two men stand before a large curtain, their hands resting on the Constitution. Behind the Constitution, the curtains part to show a rising sun. Above, a large eagle stands on a shield...
    • Contributor: Currier & Ives
    • Date: 1860
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Grand national union banner for 1864. Liberty, union and victory 1 print on wove paper : lithograph with watercolor ; image 32.2 x 22.4 cm. | Print shows a campaign banner for 1864 Republican presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln and running mate Andrew Johnson. A drawn curtain reveals bust portraits of the two candidates in roundels framed in oak leaves. Above the portraits is a "Temple of Liberty," within which stands a female figure holding...
    • Contributor: Currier & Ives
    • Date: 1864
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    The great American tanner 1 print on wove paper : lithograph ; image 26 x 36 cm. | An election-year cartoon invoking both Grant's humble beginnings as a tanner and his successful Civil War military career. Before the war Grant had worked in his family's leather goods establishment in Galena, Illinois, earning the later sobriquet, "the Galena Tanner." Popular New York governor John Thompson Hoffman, dressed as an...
    • Contributor: Currier & Ives - Worth, Thomas - Cameron, John, Approximately 1828 - Cameron, John
    • Date: 1868
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    The great exhibition of 1860 1 print on wove paper : lithograph ; image 35 x 39 cm. | The artist satirizes the antislavery orientation of the Republican platform. Abolitionist editor Horace Greeley (left) grinds his New York "Tribune" organ as candidate Abraham Lincoln (center, riding on a wooden rail) prances to the music. Lincoln is tethered with a cord to Greeley's index finger, and his lips are padlocked...
    • Contributor: Currier & Ives - Maurer, Louis
    • Date: 1860
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    The great match at Baltimore, between the "Illinois Bantam" and the "Old Cock" of the White House 1 print on wove paper : lithograph ; image 28 x 36 cm. | Dissension within the Democratic party in 1860 and Stephen A. Douglas's capture of the party's presidential nomination at the party's May convention are satirized as a cockfight. Douglas stands, the victorious cock, atop his badly beaten rival, incumbent president James C. Buchanan. Feathers still fill the air from the fray....
    • Contributor: Currier & Ives - Maurer, Louis
    • Date: 1860
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    The great race for the Western stakes 1870 1 print on wove paper : lithograph ; 25.1 x 35.5 cm (image) | Print shows Cornelius Vanderbilt and James Fisk in a race for control of New York's rails. Throughout 1868 and 1869, the two men had fought for control of the Erie Railroad. (See also "The Statue Unveiled," no. 1869-1.) Here, Vanderbilt straddles his two railroads, the "Hudson River R.R." and the...
    • Contributor: Currier & Ives
    • Date: 1870
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    An heir to the throne, or the next Republican candidate 1 print on wove paper : lithograph ; image 27 x 29 cm. | The Republicans' purported support of Negro rights is taken to an extreme here. Editor Horace Greeley (left) and candidate Abraham Lincoln (resting his elbow on a rail at right) stand on either side of a short black man holding a spear. The latter is the deformed African man recently featured...
    • Contributor: Currier & Ives - Maurer, Louis
    • Date: 1860
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    The Hercules of the Union, slaying the great dragon of secession 1 print on wove paper : lithograph ; image 33 x 23 cm. | A tribute to commander of Union forces Gen. Winfield Scott, shown as the mythical Hercules slaying the many-headed dragon or hydra, here symbolizing the secession of the Confederate states. At left stands Scott, wielding a great club "Liberty and Union," about to strike the beast. The hydra has seven heads,...
    • Contributor: Currier & Ives
    • Date: 1861