Collection Items

  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Democracy against the unnatural union. Trial Octr. 14th 1817. 1 print : etching with red wash on wove paper ; plate 35.2 x 25 cm. | second colored impression 1 print : etching, hand-colored ; plate 35.5 x 25 cm, on sheet 46 x 29 cm. | b&w impression 1 print : etching on wove paper ; plate 35.2 x 25 cm, on sheet 38 x 26.7 cm. | A satire on the...
    • Contributor: Charles, William
    • Date: 1817
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    Caucus curs in full yell, or a war whoop, to saddle on the people, a pappoose president 1 print on wove paper: etching with aquatint and engraving ; sheet 49.6 x 55 cm. | A critical commentary on the press's treatment of Andrew Jackson, and on the practice of nominating candidates by caucus during the presidential race of 1824. The cartoon pointedly attacks Republican nominee William Crawford and his powerful supporter Martin Van Buren. Jackson, in military uniform, stands amid a...
    • Contributor: Akin, James, Approximately - Akin, James
    • Date: 1824
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    A downright gabbler, or a goose that deserves to be hissed 1 print on wove paper: lithograph with watercolor; image 20 x 19.9 cm. | Caricature of Frances "Fanny" Wright, British-born activist, exponent of female suffrage, and outspoken critic of slavery. The title's reference to Wright as a "gabbler" probably alludes to her sensational American lecture tour of 1829. Wright wears a black dress and long white scarf, and has the head of a goose....
    • Contributor: Akin, James, Approximately - Akin, James
    • Date: 1829
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    Dress, the most distinguishing mark of a military genius 1 print on wove paper : engraving ; sheet 13.3 x 6.4 cm. | Caricature of a military officer, which appeared in "Advice to the Officers of the Army, to the Officers of Ordinance, and to the Secretary of War" (Philadelphia: Matthew McConnel, 1813).
    • Contributor: Akin, James, Approximately - Akin, James
    • Date: 1813
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    Implements of torture, and their dangerous effects. Illustrated 1 print on wove paper : lithograph ; image 22.3 x 15 cm. | An impassioned attack on cruelty in Pennsylvania's Eastern Penitentiary. Akin presents a life-size, detailed rendering of an iron gag, "Locked upon Mathias Maccumsey, a Convict from Lancaster County, sentenced to the Cells for Manslaughter; who Died with it in his mouth..." Maccumsey's death, attributed to the iron gag, figured prominently...
    • Contributor: Akin, James, Approximately - Akin, James
    • Date: 1835
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    Patrick Lyon, who suffered three months severe imprisonment on merely a vague suspicion for the internal robbery of the Bank of Pennsylvania 1 print on wove paper : engraving ; sheet 18.8 x 13.3 cm. | Portrait of the Philadelphia blacksmith and locksmith who became a well-known victim of judicial injustice. Lyon, who had manufactured the iron doors and locks for the vault of the Bank of Pennsylvania, was falsely convicted of its robbery in 1798. Here he is shown seated in a prison cell, holding...
    • Contributor: Akin, James, Approximately - Akin, James
    • Date: 1799
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    The prairie dog sickened at the sting of the hornet or a diplomatic puppet exhibiting his deceptions 1 print on pale blue-grey laid paper : etching with watercolor ; 28.5 x 40.6 cm (sheet) | James Akin's earliest-known signed cartoon, "The Prairie Dog" is an anti-Jefferson satire, relating to Jefferson's covert negotiations for the purchase of West Florida from Spain in 1804. Jefferson, as a scrawny dog, is stung by a hornet with Napoleon's head into coughing up "Two Millions" in...
    • Contributor: Akin, James, Approximately - Akin, James
    • Date: 1804
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    I feed you all! 1 print on wove paper : lithograph printed in colors ; 42 x 55.7 cm (image) | No doubt inspired by the Granger movement, the artist asserts the importance of the farmer in American society. The title is a variation on the movement's motto, "I Pay for All." The Grange was an organization composed mostly of midwestern farmers, who united to combat the monopolistic...
    • Contributor: American Oleograph Co.
    • Date: 1875
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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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    Grant & Wilson 1 print on wove paper : lithograph ; image 22.9 x 32.6 cm. | Print shows a campaign banner for the 1872 Republican national ticket. The armored figure of Liberty stands between portraits of presidential candidate Ulysses S. Grant and running mate Henry Wilson. Grant's portrait is adorned with oak leaves and Wilson's with olive or laurel branches. On the left are military paraphernalia...
    • Contributor: Armstrong & Co. (Boston, Mass.) - Baker, Joseph E., Approximately
    • Date: 1872
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    Grand Democratic banner 1 print on wove paper : lithograph ; image 32.6 x 21.8 cm. | Print shows a campaign banner for Democratic candidates James K. Polk and George M. Dallas. Two bust portraits of the candidates appear in elaborate oval frames, each adorned with two eagles and a cornucopia. Below them are a shield with stars and stripes, two American flags, books, documents, and pens...
    • Contributor: Baillie, James S., Active - Baillie, James S.
    • Date: 1844
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    The nation's choice for the 12th President of the U.S. Genl. Z. Taylor and his battles 1 print on wove paper : lithograph ; image 33 x 21.9 cm. | A campaign print for Whig presidential nominee Zachary Taylor. A bust-length portrait of the Mexican War hero is set in an oval frame of oak leaves and acorns, surrounded by various martial attributes. Cannon, drums, bayonets, and flags flank the portrait, a sword and musket are crossed below, and an...
    • Contributor: Baillie, James S., Active - Baillie, James S.
    • Date: 1847
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    Abraham Lincoln, Republican candidate for president of the United States 1 print on calendered paper : woodcut with letterpress ; image 39.3 x 55 cm. | A print for a large campaign banner or poster for Republican presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln. It features a central roundel with a bust portrait of the candidate, flanked by standing deities Justice and Liberty. Justice (left) holds scales and a sword, while Liberty (right) holds the Constitution and...
    • Contributor: Baker & Godwin
    • Date: 1860
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    Col. Fremont planting the American standard on the Rocky Mountains 1 print on wove paper: wood engraving with letterpress ; image 44.6 x 56 cm. | Proof for a large woodcut campaign banner or poster for John C. Fremont, Republican presidential contender in 1856. Fremont is shown in full-length on a mountain peak, planting an American flag. He is clad in fringed trousers and military coat and waves a visored cap in the air....
    • Contributor: Baker & Godwin
    • Date: 1856
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    Col. John C. Fremont, Republican candidate for the President of the United States Proof for a large woodcut banner or poster for Republican presidential candidate John C. Fremont. Fremont, a distinguished soldier and explorer, is mounted on a rearing horse in a mountain setting. Dressed in buckskins and with a rifle slung over his shoulder, he waves his cap in the air. Four other armed frontiersmen, also on horseback, are visible on the left.
    • Contributor: Baker & Godwin
    • Date: 1856
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    James Buchanan, Democratic candidate for President of the United States 1 print on wove paper: wood engraving with letterpress ; sheet 44.7 x 64 cm. | Proof for a large woodcut campaign poster or banner for Democratic presidential nominee James Buchanan. A bust-length portrait of Buchanan (apparently taken from Mathew Brady's 1854 daguerreotype portrait) is flanked by American flags and laurel branches.
    • Contributor: Baker & Godwin
    • Date: 1856
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    The laying of the cable---John and Jonathan joining hands 1 print on wove paper: woodcut with letterpress ; image 42.5 x 56.5 cm. | A crude but engaging picture, celebrating the goodwill between Great Britain and the United States generated by the successful completion of the Atlantic telegraph cable between Newfoundland and Valentia Bay (Ireland). Laid by the American steamer "Niagara" and British steamer "Agamemnon" (which appear in the background of the print),...
    • Contributor: Baker & Godwin
    • Date: 1858
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    Millard Fillmore, American candidate for president of the United States 1 print on calendered paper: woodcut with letterpress ; image 41 x 55 cm. | A large woodcut proof for a campaign banner or poster for the Native American party's 1856 presidential candidate. A bust portrait of Millard Fillmore appears in a roundel, flanked by allegorical figures of Justice (left) and Liberty (right). Both figures wear classical gowns and tiaras. Justice holds a large...
    • Contributor: Baker & Godwin
    • Date: 1856
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    Portraits of the seven presidents of the U.S. 1 print on wove paper : lithograph ; image 29.6 x 32.2 cm. | An emblematic print with hidden portraits of the Presidents, from Washington through Jackson. In the center is a small land mass, surrounded on three sides by water and strewn with barrels, anchors, bales, a cornucopia, rudder, scythe, fasces, cannon, and a scroll "Declaration of Rights." On the left is a...
    • Contributor: Baker, Alfred E. - Dorival, John
    • Date: 1834
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    Westward the march of empire takes it flight 1 print on wove paper : lithograph with letterpress ; image 75 x 56.5 cm. | A grand Whig campaign broadside, with text "A brief sketch of the principal events in the lives of William Henry Harrison, and John Tyler . . ." written by Benjamin Owen Tyler. The biographies highlight the candidates' public careers and (in Harrison's case) military exploits. The text is...
    • Contributor: Baker, Alfred E. - Tyler, Benjamin Owen
    • Date: 1840
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    "Principles, not men." The Democratic candidates for President and Vice President from 1849 to 1853 1 print on thin, wove paper: woodcut ; 66.7 x 50.5 cm (image) | A large, banner-style campaign poster for the 1848 Democratic ticket. Bust portraits of the two candidates, Cass and Butler, are framed by oak leaves and acorns, symbols of the Democratic party. Above the portraits is a bald eagle holding a large American flag. From behind the eagle emanate rays of...
    • Contributor: Baldwin & Baker - Durang, Edwin Forrest
    • Date: 1848
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    Joseph Cinquez, the brave Congolese Chief, who prefers death to slavery, and who now lies in jail ... 1 print on wove paper : lithograph ; image 23.2 x 20.1 cm. | Joseph Cinquez was the leader of a revolt among African slaves aboard the Spanish ship "Amistad" en route to Cuba in June 1839. The slaves seized control of the ship but were soon recaptured and charged with murder and piracy. This portrait was done while Cinquez (or "Cinque") awaited trial...
    • Contributor: Beach, Moses Yale
    • Date: 1839
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    Liberty our aim! Washington our example! 1 print on grey wove paper : wood engraving with letterpress ; image 38 x 39.4 cm. | Emblematic design, probably for a kerchief, expressing American support for liberal nationalist movements in Europe. Includes bust-length portraits of Louis Kossuth, Giuseppe Mazzini, and George Washington.
    • Contributor: Brigham, Edwin H.
    • Date: 1852
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    God grant us peace We shall see more Rads "bottled up" in November. 1 print on coated paper board : lithograph ; sheet 34.4 x 53.3 cm. | Print shows a double campaign placard or sign. The work may be an uncut proof for two placards, produced for both Republican and Democratic camps during the 1868 campaign. It is unclear whether the Grant image is intended to be serious or facetious. The Grant panel has a bust-length...
    • Contributor: Brown & Barret
    • Date: 1868
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    The resurrection of Henry Box Brown at Philadelphia, who escaped from Richmond Va. in a bx 3 feet long 2 1/2 ft. deep and 2 ft wide 1 print on wove paper : lithograph ; image 27 x 40 cm., sheet 34.7 x 45.2 cm. | A somewhat comic yet sympathetic portrayal of the culminating episode in the flight of slave Henry Brown "who escaped from Richmond Va. in a Box 3 feet long, 2-1/2 ft. deep and 2 ft. wide." In the office of the Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society, the young...
    • Contributor: Brown, Henry Box,816
    • Date: 1850