Photo, Print, Drawing The house that Jeff built
About this Item
- The house that Jeff built
- An extended and bitter indictment of Jefferson Davis and the Southern slave system. The work consists of a series of twelve vignettes with accompanying verse, following the scheme of the nursery rhyme "The House That Jack Built." The same nursery rhyme was adapted for some of the bank war satires during the Jacksonian era. The vignettes are as follows: 1. the "House," showing the door to a slave pen; 2. bales of cotton, "By rebels call'd king;" 3. slaves at work picking cotton, "field-chattels that made cotton king;" 4. slave families despondently awaiting auction; 5. slave auctioneer, "the thing by some call'd a man;" 6. slave shackles; 7. slave merchants; 8. a slave breeder negotiating in an interior with a slave merchant; on the wall appear portraits of Jefferson Davis and Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard; 9. a cat-o-nine-tails; 10. a slave driver flogging a bound female slave; 11. Jefferson Davis, "the arch-rebel Jeff whose infamous course / Has bro't rest to the plow, and made active the hearse." 12. symbols of slavery, an auctioneer's gavel, whip, auctionnotices, and shackles lying torn and broken with a notice of Jeff Davis's execution because " . . . Jeffs infamous house is doom'd to come down."
- Johnston, David Claypoole, 1799-1865.
Created / Published
- Boston : Drawn and published by David Claypool Johnston, 1863.
- - Beauregard, G. T.--(Gustave Toutant),--1818-1893
- - Davis, Jefferson,--1808-1889
- - Cotton pickers--Southern States--1860-1870
- - Cotton plantations--Southern States--1860-1870
- - Slavery--United States--1860-1870
- Political cartoons--1860-1870.
- Political cartoons--1860-1870
- - Drawn and published by David Claypool Johnston, Boston.
- - Entered . . . 1863 by D.C. Johnston . . . Massachusetts.
- - The Library's impression of the work was deposited for copyright on July 3, 1863. The Boston Athenaeum owns Johnston's preliminary pencil drawings for the individual scenes in this work.
- - Title appears as it is written on the item.
- - Citizens in Conflict, no. 40-43.
- - Johnson, no. 75.
- - Weitenkampf, p. 138.
- - Forms part of: American cartoon print filing series (Library of Congress)
- - Published in: American political prints, 1766-1876 / Bernard F. Reilly. Boston : G.K. Hall, 1991, entry 1863-9.
- 1 print : etching on wove paper ; 27.5 x 36.7 cm. (image)
Call Number/Physical Location
- PC/US - 1863.J72, no. 1 (A size) [P&P]
- American cartoon print filing series (Library of Congress)
- Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
- cph 3a15301 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3a15301
Library of Congress Control Number
- LC-USZ62-12963 (b&w film copy neg.)
- No known restrictions on publication.
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Chicago citation style:
Johnston, David Claypoole. The house that Jeff built. United States Southern States, 1863. Boston: Drawn and published by David Claypool Johnston. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2008661652/.
APA citation style:
Johnston, D. C. (1863) The house that Jeff built. United States Southern States, 1863. Boston: Drawn and published by David Claypool Johnston. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2008661652/.
MLA citation style:
Johnston, David Claypoole. The house that Jeff built. Boston: Drawn and published by David Claypool Johnston. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2008661652/>.