Collection Items

  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Bobalition of slavery 1 print : woodcut with letterpress on laid paper ; 12 x 17.5 cm. | Another in the series of "bobalition" broadsides, marking the July 14 celebration of the anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade. (See no. 1819-2). The text, facetiously dated "Uly 14teenth 18 hundred and 30 tu," consists of a letter to "Captain Ookpate" from "Pomp Peters" and "Cezar Garbo"...
    • Date: 1832
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    Reply to bobalition of slavery 1 print : woodcut with letterpress on laid paper ; 10.5 x 24 cm. | One of several racist parodies of black American illiteracy, dialect, and manners issued in Boston at various times between 1819 and 1832. Others in the series are "Grand Bobalition or Great Annibersary Fussible" (no. 1821-1), "Grand and Splendid Bobalition of Slavery" (1822, Collections of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania),...
    • Date: 1819
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    Grand bobalition, or "Great anniversary fussible" 1 print : woodcut with letterpress, on laid paper ; 12 x 17.5 cm. | Another in the "bobalition" series of broadsides parodying the manners, illiteracy, and dialect of Boston blacks. (See no. 1819-2.) The illustration shows a black militia troop marching from left to right. The text, facetiously dated "Bosson, Uly 14, 18021" consists of a letter of instruction from "Cesar Crappo" to...
    • Date: 1821
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    Grand celebrashun ob de bobalition ob African slaver!!! 1 print : woodcut with letterpress on laid paper ; 11.5 x 19 cm. | Another in the "bobalition" series of broadsides parodying the manners, illiteracy, and dialect of Boston blacks. (See no. 1819-2.) This one is facetiously dated "Uly 14, 1825, 6 month and little more beside," suggesting it appeared in 1825 or 1826. It is illustrated with silhouette figures of black men,...
    • Date: 1825
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    Dreadful Riot on Negro Hill! 1 print : woodcut with letterpress on wove paper ; 12.3 x 18.5 cm. | Another in the "bobalition" series of broadsides, parodying black manners, illiteracy, and dialect. (See no. 1819-2.) The text describes, in the words of a "letter from Phillis to her sister in the country," a nocturnal attack by white Bostonians on black freedmen and their homes. The letter is facetiously...
    • Date: 1827
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    The bloody massacre perpetrated in King Street Boston on March 5th 1770 by a party of the 29th Regt. 1 print : engraving with watercolor, on laid paper ; 25.8 x 33.4 cm. (plate) | A sensationalized portrayal of the skirmish, later to become known as the "Boston Massacre," between British soldiers and citizens of Boston on March 5, 1770. On the right a group of seven uniformed soldiers, on the signal of an officer, fire into a crowd of civilians at left....
    • Contributor: Revere, Paul
    • Date: 1770
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    The American Marseillaise, or voice of the people 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 24.8 x 20.3 cm. (image) | An illustrated sheet music cover for a Whig campaign song, "The American Marseillaise," composed by Benjamin Cahill to mark the July 4, 1844, Boston Clay rally. In keeping with the title and the occasion of the piece the artist evokes the memory of the Revolution, and draws a parallel between...
    • Contributor: Cahill, Benjamin - W. Thayer & Co.
    • Date: 1844
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    Honor to Washington. A national ode 1 print : lithograph printed in colors, on wove paper ; 35.6 x 24.8 | An elaborate emblem to the memory of George Washington, illustrating the cover of a song in his honor composed by B. A. Burditt. The song, according to the text, was written "Expressly for the celebration of the 83d Anniversary of American Independence, and performed before the City Authorities of...
    • Contributor: Bufford, John Henry - Oliver Ditson & Co.
    • Date: 1859
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    Gov. Morton's grand march 1 print : lithograph printed in black and red, on wove paper ; 26.4 x 20.2 cm. (image) | An allegorical design on the cover of a piano-music composition dedicated to the newly elected Democratic governor of Massachusetts, Marcus Morton. The illustration's central motif is based on the state seal, showing an Indian warrior and a star on a shield, draped with the state...
    • Contributor: Moore, Thomas - Prentiss, Henry
    • Date: 1839
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    AntiMasonic Convention in Valdimor [on the] corner-stone march 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 32 x 24 cm. (image) | An illustrated sheet music cover for a march dedicated to the Masons. According to the text the march was performed "at the Ceremony of laying the Corner Stone of the Masonic Temple, Boston." The illustration parodies the national convention of the Antimasonic party, held in September 1831 in Baltimore ("Valdimor")....
    • Contributor: Bradlee, Charles - Johnston, David Claypoole
    • Date: 1832
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    The looking glass for 1787. A house divided against itself cannot stand. Mat. chap. 13th verse 26 1 print : engraving and rocker work, with watercolor on laid paper ; 28.7 x 36.7 cm. (image) | A satire touching on some of the major issues in Connecticut politics on the eve of the ratification of the U.S. Constitution. The two rival factions shown are the "Federals," who represented the trading interests and were for taxes on imports, and the "Antifederals," who...
    • Contributor: Doolittle, Amos
    • Date: 1787
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    A very bad man 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 24.5 x 31.8 cm. (image) | The first of two prints formerly thought to be anti-Jackson satires, but actually dealing with the sensational trial of Methodist minister Ephraim K. Avery in May 1833 for the murder of Sarah Maria Cornell. (See also "A Minister Extraordinary...," no. 1833-14). Miss Cornell, a young and pregnant factory girl, was...
    • Contributor: Robinson, Henry R.
    • Date: 1833
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    The grand national caravan moving east. 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; image and text 23 x 33 cm, sheet 27 x 42 cm. | A burlesque parade, led by Andrew Jackson and satirizing various aspects of his administration. The procession moves from right to left. At its head is Jackson, seated on a horse with Martin Van Buren cross-legged behind him. Next is a devil playing a...
    • Contributor: Straightshanks, Hassan - Johnston, David Claypoole - Bufford, John Henry - Endicott & Swett
    • Date: 1833
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    A minister extraordinary taking passage & bound on a foreign mission to the court of his satanic majesty! 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 26.9 x 41 cm. (image) | The second of two prints surrounding the scandalous trial of Methodist minister Ephraim K. Avery for the brutal murder of factory girl Sarah Maria Cornell. (See "A Very Bad Man," no. 1833-13). Contrary to Weitenkampf's suggestion that the print relates to Andrew Jackson, it is actually visionary portrayal of Avery...
    • Contributor: Robinson, Henry R.
    • Date: 1833
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    The decapitation of a great block head by the mysterious agency of the claret coloured coat 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 31.3 x 45.2 cm. (image) | A cryptic and anonymous satire probably referring to the 1834 "decapitation" of the wooden figure-head of Andrew Jackson, placed on the ship "Constitution" when it was refitted at Boston. The deed was perpetrated after Boston Whigs protested the newly-placed improvement. In a thunderstorm two ships, the "Independence" and "Constitution" are...
    • Date: 1834
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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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    The Massachusetts hoar, outwitted, or hopping-John, and Johnny-cake, for cod fish 'notions,' wide awake!!! 1 print : lithograph with watercolor on wove paper ; 27 x 37 cm. (image) | An imaginative but puzzling commentary on sectional tensions over slavery between New England abolitionists and southern agrarian slaveholders. In his sweeping satire the artist also portrays a considerable hostility toward blacks as existing among various ethnic groups, including the Germans, French, Irish, and Scots. The title and main...
    • Contributor: Akin, James, Approximately
    • Date: 1845
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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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    Practical illustration of the Fugitive Slave Law 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 28.3 x 36.3 cm (image) | A satire on the antagonism between Northern abolitionists on the one hand, and Secretary of State Daniel Webster and other supporters of enforcement of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. Here abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison (left) holds a slave woman in one arm and points a pistol toward a burly...
    • Date: 1851
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    An august convention 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 25.3 x 41 cm. (image) | The National Union Convention met in Philadelphia in August 1866 to create a political party that would back President Andrew Johnson's Reconstruction program and to elect a new Congress. Here, the convention is portrayed as a gathering of muzzled dogs, their collars inscribed with state names, who file toward a...
    • Date: 1866
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    Anthony Burns 1 print on wove paper: wood engraving with letterpress ; 42.8 x 33.2 cm (sheet) | Print shows a portrait of the fugitive slave Anthony Burns, whose arrest and trial under the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 touched off riots and protests by abolitionists and citizens of Boston in the spring of 1854. A bust portrait of the twenty-four-year-old Burns is surrounded by scenes...
    • Contributor: Andrews, John
    • Date: 1855
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    The Hartford Convention or Leap no leap 1 print on laid paper : etching and aquatint with watercolor ; 24.4 x 36 cm (plate), 28 x 42.3 cm (sheet) | 1 print on wove paper : etching and aquatint ; 24.4 x 36 cm (plate), 26.6 x 41.3 cm (sheet) | Charles's satire attacks the Hartford Convention, a series of secret meetings of New England Federalists held in December 1814. The...
    • Contributor: Charles, William
    • Date: 1814