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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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    Dixie's nurse 1 print : lithograph printed in black and brown-olive, on wove paper ; 30.5 x 17.5 cm. (image) | An illustrated sheet music cover for a comic song, published "for the benefit of the Soldiers Home Fair, Milwaukee, Wis." The cover is adorned with a caricature of an obese Britannia, seated and holding a trident and shield. Printed in almost monochromatic neutral tones, the...
    • Contributor: Lee & Walker
    • Date: 1865
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Who'll have the specie 1 print : lithograph.
    • Contributor: Robinson, Henry R.
    • Date: 1837
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    Executive mercy/Marcy and the Bambers 1 print : lithograph with watercolor on wove paper ; 24.4 x 42 cm. (image) | An attack on New York governor William L. Marcy's controversial decision to surrender Irish fugitives John Bamber, Sr., and his son James to the British consul after their detention in New York. The Bambers, wanted by the British government in connection with the killing of an Irish police...
    • Contributor: Clay, Edward Williams - Robinson, Henry R.
    • Date: 1838
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    The main question 1 print : lithograph with watercolor on wove paper ; 26.9 x 42.7 cm. (image) | Satire on the escalation of tensions during the Maine-New Brunswick border conflict in February and March 1839. The dispute involved the claim to valuable, timber-rich territory in the Aroostook region. The area was occupied in 1838 by timber interests from Maine and Massachusetts. Canadian troops were summoned to...
    • Contributor: Dacre, Henry, Approximately 1820 - Robinson, Henry R.
    • Date: 1839
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    O'Connell's call and Pat's reply 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 31.1 x 46.5 cm. (image) | A condemnation of Daniel O'Connell's agitation of Irish immigrants in the United States against slavery. The artist, certainly E.W. Clay, presents a loaded contrast between turbulent conditions in Ireland and the idyllic, relative prosperity of the immigrant's lot in America. It is the period of the Irish campaign for repeal...
    • Contributor: Clay, Edward Williams - Robinson, Henry R.
    • Date: 1843
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    The tree of liberty. The free population of the United States enjoying the refreshing shade of the tree of liberty 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 33.5 x 43.5 cm. (image) | A somewhat puzzling commentary on two issues: slavery and economic protectionism. The date of the print is uncertain, but it may have appeared as part of the reaction against the Walker Tariff of 1846. A Northern bias is expressed on both issues. The text is abolitionist on the one hand...
    • Date: 1846
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    Defense of the California Bank 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 26.4 x 36.9 cm. (image) | A mildly jingoistic satire voicing American suspicions of foreign designs on California after the discovery of gold there in 1848. The bay and coastline of San Francisco are shown, menaced by foreign invaders who appear offshore. Closest is Queen Victoria of England, who rides a bull and carries a spade....
    • Contributor: Perkins, S. Lee - Serrell, Henry
    • Date: 1849
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    Slavery as it exists in America. Slavery as it exists in England 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 44.8 x 27 cm. (image) | A challenge to the Northern abolitionist view of the institution of slavery, favorably contrasting the living conditions of American slaves (above) with the lot of the industrial poor in England (below). The first scene is impossibly naive: Southern slaves dance and play as four gentlemen--two Northerners and two Southerners--observe. First...
    • Contributor: Haven, John
    • Date: 1850
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    The apotheosis 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 27.8 x 19.1 cm. (image) | The print is a fragment of a larger lithograph entitled "Invasion of Cuba," composed of two panels, applauding American "filibustering" expeditions to liberate Cuba from Spain. (See also "The Great Naval Blockade of Round Island" and "Genl Lopez the Cuban Patriot Getting His Cash," nos. 1849-5 and 1850-10.) "Invasion of...
    • Date: 1851
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    Ye conference. "Not any we thank you Mr. Davis" 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 32.9 x 43.9 cm. (image) | Jefferson Davis's diplomatic overtures to France and Great Britain fail in an imaginary scene at court. Davis (right) bows before French ruler Napoleon III, extending toward him a tray of "bonds." Davis holds a plate of cotton and, under his arm, a batch of papers. His pockets overflow with more...
    • Contributor: Ehrgott & Forbriger
    • Date: 1861
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    Uncle Sam protecting his property against the encroachments of his cousin John 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 29.4 x 38.5 cm. (image) | Northern fears of European intervention in the Civil War on behalf of the South are manifest here.Uncle Sam, in the form of a bearded Union soldier (closely resembling Abraham Lincoln), unceremoniously routs John Bull from a fenced garden where the latter has been poaching. Grabbing him by the scruff of...
    • Contributor: Stauch, Edward, Approximately 1830
    • Date: 1861
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    The pending conflict 1 print : lithograph printed in black and beige, with letterpress, on wove paper ; 31 x 23.8 cm. (image) | One of three similar prints published by Oliver Evans Woods, reflecting grave northern fears of British and French interference on behalf of the Confederacy in the Civil War. (See also "The Pending Conflict" and "The Pending Contest," nos. 1864-2 and 1864-3.) The controversy...
    • Contributor: Woods, Oliver Evans
    • Date: 1863
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    The pending conflict 1 print : lithograph with letterpress, on wove paper ; 34.1 x 31.3 cm. (image) | A later, altered version of "The Pending Conflict" (no. 1863-10). Albeit more optimistic from the Northern point of view than its earlier couterpart, this version is equally critical of European abetment of the Confederate war effort and of the anti-Lincoln or pacifist movement in the North. The artist...
    • Contributor: Woods, Oliver Evans - Herline & Hensel
    • Date: 1864
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    Platforms illustrated 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 25.2 x 36.7 (image) | The August 1864 Democratic national convention in Chicago is unfavorably compared to the Republican convention in Baltimore in June of the same year. The artist is especially critical of prominent New York Peace Democrats Horatio Seymour and Fernando Wood. The party's espousal of a truce with the South is presented here...
    • Contributor: Louis Prang & Co.
    • Date: 1864
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    Political caricature. No. 3, The abolition catastrophe. Or the November smash-up 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 40.3 x 49.4 (image) | Lincoln's support of abolition is portrayed here as a liability in his race to the White House against Democratic candidate George B. McClellan. At top a smoothly run train "Union" heads straight for the White House. The engine is labeled "Democracy" and the first car, in which McClellan stands in the...
    • Contributor: G.W. Bromley & Co.
    • Date: 1864
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    The pending contest. Although all Copperheads call themselves Democrats, nevertheless, all Democrats are not Copperheads 1 print : lithograph with letterpress, on wove paper ; 41.9 x 31.9 cm. (image) | A variant of "The Pending Conflict" (no. 1863-10), evidently issued at about the same time (and deposited for copyright on the same date). Significant alterations here include: the "Neutrality" band has been removed from around the clubs held by John Bull; Napoleon III now seems to dance, with...
    • Contributor: Woods, Oliver Evans - Herline & Hensel
    • Date: 1864
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    Columbia teaching John Bull his new lesson 1 print on wove paper: etching with watercolor ; sheet 24.8 x 34.9 cm. | A War of 1812 satire on Anglo-American and Franco-American relations. England's "lesson" is about the seriousness of American determination to maintain freedom on the high seas, while France is warned of Yankee firmness on matters of "Retribution" and "Respect." On the left, Columbia, as a maiden with staff and...
    • Contributor: Charles, William
    • Date: 1813