Photo, Print, Drawing The Hartford Convention or Leap no leap / Wm. Charles, Sc.

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Title
The Hartford Convention or Leap no leap / Wm. Charles, Sc.
Summary
Charles's satire attacks the Hartford Convention, a series of secret meetings of New England Federalists held in December 1814. The artist caricatures radical secessionist leader Timothy Pickering and lampoons the inclinations toward secession by convention members Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, alleging encouragement from English King George III. In the center, on a shore, kneels Timothy Pickering, with hands clasped praying, "I, Strongly and most fervently pray for the success of this great leap which will change my vulgar name into that of my Lord of Essex. God save the King." On a precipice above him, a man, possibly Harrison Gray Otis, representing Massachusetts, pulls two others (Rhode Island and Connecticut, possibly James Hillhouse) toward the edge. Rhode Island: "Poor little I, what will become of me? this leap is of a frightful size -- I sink into despondency." Connecticut: "I cannot Brother Mass; let me pray and fast some time longer -- little Rhode will jump the first." Massachusetts: "What a dangerous leap!!! but we must jump Brother Conn." Across the water, on the right, sits George III with arms stretched out toward the men on the cliff. He calls, "O'tis my Yankey boys! jump in my fine fellows; plenty molasses and Codfish; plenty of goods to Smuggle; Honours, titles and Nobility into the bargain." On the left, below the cliff, is a medallion inscribed with the names of Perry, McDonough, Hull, and other heroes of the War of 1812 and decorated with a ribbon which reads, "This is the produce of the land they wish to abandon."
Contributor Names
Charles, William, 1776-1820, artist
Created / Published
[Philadelphia : s.n.,] c1814.
Subject Headings
-  George--III,--King of Great Britain,--1738-1820
-  Pickering, Timothy,--1745-1829
-  Hillhouse, James,--1754-1832
-  Otis, Harrison Gray,--1765-1848
-  Hartford Convention--(1814-1815 :--Hartford, Conn.)
-  Secession--1810-1820
-  United States--History--War of 1812
-  Connecticut--Symbolic representation--1810-1820
-  Massachusetts--Symbolic representation--1810-1820
-  Rhode Island--Symbolic representation--1810-1820
Format Headings
Etchings--Hand-colored--1810-1820.
Political cartoons--1810-1820.
Notes
-  712 U.S. Copyright Office.
-  Title from item.
-  Printed on lower left: Entr'd according to act of Congress.
-  Library has two impressions (1) etching on laid paper, hand-colored, copyright deposit, and (2) etching on wove paper, b&w.
-  The Library's hand-colored impression was deposited for copyright on December 10, 1814, by Samuel Kennedy.
-  Colored impression Inscribed in ink on back: No. 712. Title Page of "The Hartford Convention &tc. Deposited 10th Decre. 1814 by Samuel Kennedy as Proprietor.
-  There appear to be some puns in the print: Timothy Pickering, of Essex County, appears to make reference to Massachusetts Governor Caleb Strong when he says, and different type is used, "Strong ly"; and George III may refer to Harrison Gray Otis, Massachusetts delegate to the Hartford Convention, when he says "O'tis my Yankey boys!", as he gestures toward the three men representing Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island depicted above Pickering.
-  Lanmon, p. 98-100
-  Murrell, p. 88, 94
-  Century, p. 30
-  Weitenkampf, p. 19
-  Published in: American political prints, 1766-1876 / Bernard F. Reilly. Boston : G.K. Hall, 1991, entry 1814-2.
-  Colored impression Exhibited: "1812 : A Nation Emerges" at the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C., 2012-2013.
-  Exhibited: "Capitol Visitor Center" at the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C., 2014-2015.
Medium
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)
Call Number/Physical Location
PGA - Charles (W.)--Hartford Convention ... (A size) [P&P] PGA - Charles (W.)--Hartford Convention ... B&w impression.
Repository
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
Digital Id
ppmsca 10755 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ppmsca.10755
cph 3g12748 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3g12748
pga 05636 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pga.05636
cph 3a10467 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3a10467
Library of Congress Control Number
2002708988
Reproduction Number
LC-DIG-ppmsca-10755 (digital file from original, color impression) LC-USZC4-12748 (color film copy transparency of color impression) LC-DIG-pga-05636 (digital file from original, b&w impression) LC-USZ62-7831 (b&w film copy neg. of b&w impression)
Rights Advisory
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Online Format
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Description
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 artist caricatures radical secessionist leader Timothy Pickering and lampoons the inclinations toward secession by convention members Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, alleging encouragement from English King George III. In the center, on a shore, kneels Timothy Pickering, with hands clasped praying, "I, Strongly and most fervently pray for the success of this great leap which will change my vulgar name into that of my Lord of Essex. God save the King." On a precipice above him, a man, possibly Harrison Gray Otis, representing Massachusetts, pulls two others (Rhode Island and Connecticut, possibly James Hillhouse) toward the edge. Rhode Island: "Poor little I, what will become of me? this leap is of a frightful size -- I sink into despondency." Connecticut: "I cannot Brother Mass; let me pray and fast some time longer -- little Rhode will jump the first." Massachusetts: "What a dangerous leap!!! but we must jump Brother Conn." Across the water, on the right, sits George III with arms stretched out toward the men on the cliff. He calls, "O'tis my Yankey boys! jump in my fine fellows; plenty molasses and Codfish; plenty of goods to Smuggle; Honours, titles and Nobility into the bargain." On the left, below the cliff, is a medallion inscribed with the names of Perry, McDonough, Hull, and other heroes of the War of 1812 and decorated with a ribbon which reads, "This is the produce of the land they wish to abandon."
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Charles, William, Artist. The Hartford Convention or Leap no leap / Wm. Charles, Sc. Connecticut Hartford Massachusetts Rhode Island United States, ca. 1814. [Philadelphia: s.n] Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2002708988/. (Accessed December 17, 2017.)

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Charles, W. (ca. 1814) The Hartford Convention or Leap no leap / Wm. Charles, Sc. Connecticut Hartford Massachusetts Rhode Island United States, ca. 1814. [Philadelphia: s.n] [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2002708988/.

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