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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
    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
  • 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
    The Democratic platform 1 print on wove paper : lithograph ; image 27 x 42 cm, on mount 40.9 x 52 cm. | Again the 1856 Democrats are characterized as friendly to proslavery interests. Old guard Democrats Martin Van Buren and Thomas Hart Benton are also resurrected for abuse here. Van Buren appears as a fox, lurking in a cave at right. His son John is one...
    • Contributor: N. Currier (Firm) - Maurer, Louis
    • Date: 1856
  • 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 Presidential sweepstakes of 1856. Free for all ages, "go as they please" 1 print on wove paper : lithograph ; image 24 x 41 cm. | A nativist perspective on the campaign of 1856. In a race scene, American party candidate Millard Fillmore leads in the bid for the White House. Fillmore rides in a carriage "American Express" at left, driven by the youthful "Young America" figure. (See "Uncle Sam's Youngest Son," no. 1854-4.) A trim,...
    • Contributor: N. Currier (Firm) - Maurer, Louis
    • Date: 1856
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    The great Republican Reform Party, calling on their candidate 1 print on wove paper : lithograph ; image 30 x 39 cm. | Fremont is portrayed as the champion of a motley array of radicals and reformers. As he stands patiently at far right he is "called upon" by (left to right): a temperance advocate, a cigar-smoking, trousered suffragette, a ragged socialist holding a liquor bottle, a spinsterish libertarian, a Catholic priest holding...
    • Contributor: N. Currier (Firm) - Maurer, Louis
    • Date: 1856
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    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 impending crisis"--Or caught in the act 1 print on wove paper : lithograph ; image 26.5 x 37.5 cm. | The print's title derives from the name of Hinton Rowan Helper's 1857 pamphlet "The Impending Crisis," an influential document in antislavery literature. Here the crisis is that of New York senator William H. Seward, whose recent loss of the Republican presidential nomination to Abraham Lincoln was widely attributed to the...
    • Contributor: Currier & Ives - Maurer, Louis
    • Date: 1860
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    "The irrepressible conflict" Or the Republican barge in danger 1 print on wove paper : lithograph ; sheet 34.3 x 46.1 cm. | The cartoon reflects the considerable bitterness among New York Republicans at the party's surprising failure to nominate New York senator William H. Seward for president at its May 1860 national convention. The print was probably issued soon after the convention's nomination of Abraham Lincoln. The "Republican Barge" tosses on a...
    • Contributor: Currier & Ives - Maurer, Louis
    • Date: 1860
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Letting the cat out of the bag!! 1 print on wove paper : lithograph ; image 24 x 38 cm. | A figurative portrayal of the rift within the Republican party resulting from the nomination of Abraham Lincoln for the presidency in 1860. Here New York senator and would-be nominee William H. Seward watches as the radical antislavery senator from Massachusetts Charles Sumner releases a snarling cat, the "Spirit of Discord,"...
    • Contributor: Currier & Ives - Maurer, Louis
    • Date: 1860
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    The national game. Three "outs" and one "run" 1 print on wove paper : lithograph ; 29 x 34 cm (image) | A pro-Lincoln satire, deposited for copyright weeks before the 1860 presidential election. The contest is portrayed as a baseball game in which Lincoln has defeated (left to right) John Bell, Stephen A. Douglas, and John C. Breckinridge. Lincoln (right) stands with his foot on "Home Base," advising the others, "Gentlemen,...
    • Contributor: Currier & Ives - Maurer, Louis
    • Date: 1860
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    "The nigger" in the woodpile 1 print on wove paper : lithograph ; image 26 x 38 cm. | A racist parody of Republican efforts to play down the antislavery plank in their 1860 platform. Horace Greeley, the prominent New York publicist of the party, stands at left reassuring a man identified as "Young America." "I assure you my friend," he says, "that you can safely vote our ticket,...
    • Contributor: Currier & Ives - Maurer, Louis
    • Date: 1860
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    The Ostend doctrine. Practical Democrats carrying out the principle 1 print on wove paper : lithograph ; image 28 x 34 cm. | The Ostend Manifesto, advocated by American minister to England James Buchanan, minister to Spain Pierre Soule, and John Y. Mason, minister to France, urged the purchase or (if necessary) seizure of Cuba from Spain. The manifesto was issued in October 1854. Here Buchanan is singled out for attack for his...
    • Contributor: N. Currier (Firm) - Maurer, Louis
    • Date: 1854
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    The political gymnasium 1 print on wove paper : lithograph ; image 29 x 42 cm. | A general parody on the field of presidential candidates and their supporters in the 1860 campaign. At the far left stands Constitutional Union party vice presidential candidate Edward Everett, as a muscle man holding aloft a barbell on which rests running mate John Bell. Everett boasts, "There is nothing like...
    • Contributor: Currier & Ives - Maurer, Louis
    • Date: 1860
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Progressive democracy--prospect of a smash up 1 print on wove paper : lithograph ; image 24.5 x 41.5 cm. | Republican candidate Abraham Lincoln and running mate Hannibal Hamlin are shown about to destroy a Democratic party paralyzed by internal dissension. The Republicans ride a locomotive named "Equal Rights" toward a crossing where the wagon "Democratic Platform," hitched to two opposing teams, is stalled on the track. The two teams...
    • Contributor: Currier & Ives - Maurer, Louis
    • Date: 1860
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    The rail candidate 1 print on wove paper : lithograph : (image) 27 x 36 cm. | The antislavery plank was a controversial feature of the 1860 Republican platform. Here Republican nominee Abraham Lincoln is shown uncomfortably straddling a rail--a dual allusion to the platform and to Lincoln's backwoods origins--carried by a black man and abolitionist editor of the New York "Tribune" Horace Greeley (right). Lincoln says,...
    • Contributor: Currier & Ives - Maurer, Louis
    • Date: 1860
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    The Republican Party going to the right House 1 print on wove paper : lithograph ; sheet 34.1 x 45.9 cm. | Abraham Lincoln's supporters are portrayed as radicals and eccentrics of various stripes. The satire is loosely based on an anti-Fremont cartoon from the previous presidential race, "The Great Republican Reform Party" (no. 1856-22), also issued by Nathaniel Currier. Here Lincoln, sitting astride a wooden rail borne by Horace Greeley, leads...
    • Contributor: Currier & Ives - Maurer, Louis
    • Date: 1860
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    The right man for the right place 1 print on wove paper : lithograph ; image 27 x 34 cm. | Another satire complimentary to Fillmore, whose campaign slogan was "the right man in the right place." Fillmore was nominated at the American party's February 22 convention in Philadelphia. Here he is the embodiment of equanimity, in stark contrast to the combative hostility of Republican John C. Fremont (left) and Democrat...
    • Contributor: N. Currier (Firm) - Maurer, Louis
    • Date: 1856
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Stephen finding his mother 1 print on wove paper : lithograph ; image 28 x 31 cm. | Northern Democratic presidential candidate Stephen A. Douglas was widely criticized for his campaign tours of the country--an unusual practice for a presidential nominee. In an attempt to evade such opprobrium Douglas disguised a July 1860 tour of New England and upstate New York as a personal visit to his elderly...
    • Contributor: Currier & Ives - Maurer, Louis
    • Date: 1860
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Storming the castle. "Old Abe" on guard 1 print on wove paper : lithograph ; image 30 x 42 cm. | During the 1860 election campaign the "Wide Awakes," a marching club composed of young Republican men, appeared in cities throughout the North. (See no. 1860-14.) They often wore uniforms consisting of visored caps and short capes, and carried lanterns. Here Republican presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln (left) is dressed as a...
    • Contributor: Currier & Ives - Maurer, Louis
    • Date: 1860
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    "Taking the stump" or Stephen in search of his mother 1 print on wove paper : lithograph ; image 27 x 41 cm. | A satire on Douglas's July 1860 campaign tour of upstate New York and New England. (See also "Stephen Finding His Mother," no. 1860-35.) Here a double-entendre in the use of the word "stump," playing on its use as a colloquialism for both campaigning and a wooden leg. In the center...
    • Contributor: Currier & Ives - Maurer, Louis
    • Date: 1860
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    "Uncle Sam" making new arrangements 1 print on wove paper : lithograph ; sheet 32.8 x 43.3 cm. | Probably issued late in the campaign, the print seems to express the growing confidence among Republicans in the election of their candidate Abraham Lincoln. It may also be that like "The National Game" (no. 1860-42) the print was published after the election. As in "Stephen Finding His Mother" (no. 1860-35),...
    • Contributor: Currier & Ives - Maurer, Louis
    • Date: 1860