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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
    Political guillotine 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 26.4 x 37.9 cm. (image) | A cryptic satire critical of Lewis Cass and incumbent President James K. Polk. The work probably appeared prior to the Whig national convention (June 9-10), since reference is made to a Clay-Fillmore ticket. (The convention nominated Taylor and Fillmore.) On a stone pavement above a moat, Lewis Cass (center) presides...
    • Contributor: Robinson, Henry R.
    • Date: 1848
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    Studying political economy 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 25.2 x 35.3 cm. (image) | A crudely drawn but complex satire mocking Zachary Taylor's military background and lack of political experience. Student Zachary Taylor, wearing a paper cap made out of the journal "The True Whig" is seated on a low stool at the feet of his more politically seasoned running mate Millard Fillmore. Taylor...
    • Contributor: Durang, Edwin Forrest - Abel & Durang - Turner & Fisher
    • Date: 1848
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    Political cock fighters 1 print : lithograph with watercolor, on wove paper ; 30.5 x 41.9 cm. (image) | A figurative portrayal of the 1844 presidential contest as a cock-fight, in which Whig candidate Henry Clay prevails. Clay and Democratic opponent Polk battle in a pit or ring as several prominent political figures look on. The Polk bird is obviously waning, having lost many of its feathers....
    • Contributor: Baillie, James S., Active - Bucholzer, H. - Baillie, James S.
    • Date: 1844
  • 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
    The political barbecue 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 25.5 x 36.6 cm. (image) | Andrew Jackson is roasted over the fires of "Public Opinion" by the figure of Justice in a cartoon relating to the controversy surrounding Jackson's removal of federal deposits from the Bank of the United States. Jackson, with the body of a pig, is prone on a gridiron over a stone...
    • Contributor: Robinson, Henry R.
    • Date: 1834
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    A political movement 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 26.3 x 37.9 cm. (image) | The artist forecasts with obvious relish the ouster of Van Buren and his cronies from office by William Henry Harrison. Van Buren is shown leaving Washington in a large cart drawn by supporters (left to right) Thomas Hart Benton, Levi Woodbury, and John C. Calhoun, and pushed from behind by...
    • Contributor: Dacre, Henry, Approximately 1820 - Robinson, Henry R.
    • Date: 1840
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    America 1 print on wove paper : lithograph, hand-colored ; 31 x 25.2 cm (image) | Print shows an idealized portrayal of American slavery and the conditions of blacks under this system in 1841. The Library's impression of the print is a fragment--the left panel only--of a larger print entitled "Black and White Slavery," which contrasts the plight of Britain's abused "white slaves" (actually factory...
    • Contributor: Clay, Edward Williams - Donnelly, Arthur
    • Date: 1841
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    The undecided political prize fight 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 35.8 x 50 cm. (image) | A pro-Breckinridge satire on the 1860 presidential contest. Republican candidate Abraham Lincoln (right) and Democrat Stephen A. Douglas (left) appear as boxers squaring off in a ring before a small crowd of onlookers. Douglas is seconded by an Irishman (left), presumably representing Douglas's Democratic constituency. Lincoln is coached by a...
    • Date: 1860
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    The political quadrille. Music by Dred Scott 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 32.3 x 45.6 cm. (image) | A general parody on the 1860 presidential contest, highlighting the impact of the Dred Scott decision on the race. That controversial decision, handed down in 1857 by Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, ruled that neither the federal government nor territorial governments could prohibit slavery in the territories. The burning question...
    • Date: 1860
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Political caricature. No. 4, The miscegenation ball 1 print : lithograph on cream wove paper ; 41.4 x 52.2 cm. (image) | Although slightly different in format, this appears to be the fourth in the Bromley series of anti-Republican satires. As in no. 2 of the series, "Miscegenation or the Millenium of Abolitionism" (no. 1864-39), the artist plays on Northern fears of racial intermingling. Here, white men are dancing and flirting...
    • Contributor: G.W. Bromley & Co. - Kimmel & Forster
    • Date: 1864
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    American star 1 print on wove paper : engraving with stipple ; plate 23.4 x 28 cm. | Oval medallion portraits of George Washington and (below, left to right) Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and John Adams are framed against a curtain of drapery and furs surmounted by a star. Washington's portrait is wreathed with oak and laurel, and decorated with flags, one bearing the seal of...
    • Contributor: Gimbrede, Thomas - Shelton & Kensett
    • Date: 1812
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    Political game of brag. Shew of hands 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 27.9 x 40 cm. (image) | The artist resorts to the familiar metaphor of a card game for the presidential stakes in his rendition of the 1848 contest. The major contenders play a game of "brag" (an early form of poker). Around the table sit six players (left to right): South Carolina senator John Calhoun, Democratic...
    • Contributor: Clay, Edward Williams - Donnelly, Andrew
    • Date: 1848
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    Political Jesuitism--or interest versus principle 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 27.6 x 42.1 cm. (image) | A virulent attack on Vice-President George M. Dallas, charging the former Pennsylvania attorney and senator with duplicity in his stand on the tariff of 1846. "Jesuitism" was a strong contemporary term for deception and intrigue, and the artist portrays Dallas's support of the 1846 tariff as a reversal of his...
    • Contributor: Clay, Edward Williams - Peterson, T. - Robinson, Henry R.
    • Date: 1846
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    H.R. Robinson, 52 Courtland St. Caricatures & prints 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; image and text 24 x 44 cm, on octagon shaped sheet 26 x 45 cm. | A tradecard or printed signboard for caricature publisher Henry R. Robinson. The image of an eighteenth-century wig is surely a pun on Robinson's Whig political alignment. The print must have been produced between 1834, when the major anti-Jacksonian party was...
    • Contributor: Robinson, Henry R.
    • Date: 1834
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    Political caricature. No. 2, Miscegenation or the millennium of abolitionism 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 35.8 x 51.6 cm. (image) | The second in a series of anti-Lincoln satires by Bromley & Co. This number was deposited for copyright on July 1, 1864. The artist conjures up a ludicrous vision of the supposed consequences of racial equality in America in this attack on the Republican espousal of equal rights. The scene...
    • Contributor: G.W. Bromley & Co.
    • Date: 1864
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    America triumphant and Britannia in distress 1 print on laid paper : etching ; sheet (trimmed irregularly) 18 x 20.5 cm. | A crude allegory of American prosperity and victory over England. Below the image an "Explanation" reads: "I America sitting on that quarter of the globe with the Flag of the United States displayed over her head; holding in one hand the Olive branch, inviting the ships of all...
    • Date: 1782
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    The political dancing Jack: a holiday fift for sucking Whigs!! 1 print : woodcut and letterpress with watercolor on wove paper ; 25.6 x 30.1 cm. (image) | A rare anti-Whig satire, giving a cynical view of the party's image-building and manipulation of candidate William Henry Harrison. Two influential Whigs, Senator Henry Clay (left) and Congressman Henry A. Wise, operate the strings of a "dancing-jack" toy figure of Harrison in military uniform. This and...
    • Contributor: Elton, Robert N. - Huestis & Co.
    • Date: 1840
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    Political race course - Union Track - fall races 1836 1 print : lithograph. | A figurative portrayal -- clearly sympathetic to the Whig party -- of the 1836 presidential election contest as a horse race between four candidates. The four are identified in the legend as (left to right): "Old Tippecanoe" (William Henry Harrison), "The Kinderhook Poney" (Martin Van Buren), "Black Dan of Massachusetts" (Daniel Webster), and "Tennessee White" (Tennessee senator Hugh Lawson...
    • Contributor: Clay, Edward Williams - Robinson, Henry R.
    • Date: 1836
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    The political "Siamese" twins, the offspring of Chicago miscegenation 1 print on wove paper : lithograph ; image 38.4 x 49.5 cm. | The unlikely teaming of military leader George B. McClellan with Peace Democrat (Copperhead) George Hunt Pendleton as presidential and vice presidential candidates in the 1864 election is ridiculed here. The artist charges McClellan with disloyalty to his former troops by virtue of a "peace at any price" campaign. In the...
    • Contributor: Currier & Ives
    • Date: 1864
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    The secession bubble. "It must burst" 1 print on wove paper : lithograph printed in buff and black ; image 40.5 x 30.5 cm. | A genre scene with a pointed political reference. A black girl, probably the child of slaves, plays with a soap pipe in a garden. Beyond the garden fence, in a landscape with palmettos, a fortress flying a Confederate flag is visible. The child, clearly delighted...
    • Contributor: J.H. Bufford's Lith - Fabronius, Dominique C.
    • Date: 1862
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    The aristocracy of color 1 print : lithograph.
    • Date: 1830
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Soloque. Emperor of Hayti, creating a grand duke 1 print : lithograph.
    • Contributor: Magee, John L.
    • Date: 1830
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Young American crushing rebellion and sedition 1 print on laminate paper: mezzotint and intaglio ; plate 40.8 x 30.3 cm. | A symbolic vision of the North's defeat of the Confederacy. "Young America" or the Union is shown as the infant Hercules strangling two serpents representing rebellion and sedition. According to Greek mythology the serpents were sent by the goddess Hera, who was jealous because during one of his many...
    • Contributor: Sartain, William
    • Date: 1864
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    For president, Abram Lincoln. For vice president, Hannibal Hamlin
    For president, Abra[ha]m Lincoln. For vice president, Hannibal Hamlin.
    1 print on cotton : color ; image 58.9 x 89 cm. | Print shows a large campaign banner for Republican presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln and running mate Hannibal Hamlin. Lincoln's first name is given here as "Abram." The banner consists of a thirty-three star American flag pattern printed on cloth. In one corner, a bust portrait of Lincoln, without beard, encircled by stars,...
    • Contributor: Howard, H. C.
    • Date: 1860