Photo, Print, Drawing Congressional pugilists

[ digital file from original item of first state, Carson collection ]

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[ digital file from original of second state ]
[ digital file from original of third state ]
[ digital file from original of first state ]
[ digital file from b&w film copy neg. of first state ]

About this Item

Title
Congressional pugilists
Summary
A crude portrayal of a fight on the floor of Congress between Vermont Representative Matthew Lyon and Roger Griswold of Connecticut. The row was originally prompted by an insulting reference to Lyon on Griswold's part. The interior of Congress Hall is shown, with the Speaker Jonathan Dayton and Clerk Jonathan W. Condy (both seated), Chaplain Ashbel Green (in profile on the left), and several others looking on, as Griswold, armed with a cane, kicks Lyon, who grasps the former's arm and raises a pair of fireplace tongs to strike him. Below are the verses: "He in a trice struck Lyon thrice / Upon his head, enrag'd sir, / Who seiz'd the tongs to ease his wrongs, / And Griswold thus engag'd, sir."
Created / Published
[Philadelphia], 1798.
Subject Headings
-  Condy, Jonathan Williams,--1770-1828
-  Dayton, Jonathan,--1760-1824
-  Griswold, Roger,--1762-1812
-  Lyon, Matthew,--1749-1822
-  United States.--Congress--1790-1800
-  Fighting--1790-1800
Format Headings
Etchings--1790-1800.
Political cartoons--1790-1800.
Notes
-  Title appears as it is written on the item.
-  The Library has three states of the print. Dayton, Condy, and Green are identified by keyed references in the (plate) margins of the second and third states. In all three "Congress Hall, in Philada. Feb.15.1798" is inscribed in the lower right corner. In the second and third this is followed by "S.E.Cor.6th & Chesnut St." In the third only, the number 17 appears in the upper right. Weitenkampf lists four states, some of which (including two of the Library's impressions) appear to be later restrikes. The call numbers are: PC/US - 1798.A000, no. 1 (A size) (first state); PC/US - 1798.A000, no. 2 (A size) (second state) (dimensions 16.5 x 22.1 cm; PC/US - 1798.A000, no. 3 (A size) (third state) (dimensions 16.6 x 22.4 cm) (inscribed upper right "presented by M. New June 17th 1868."
-  Carson impression first state annotated by John McAllister.
-  Inscribed on original mat of Carson collection impression: This copy belonged to John McAllister, the antiquarian, given to his daughter Agnes Young McAllister. The writing is his. McAllister reprinted this plate, along with others by Birch, after Peale, etc., but this is the oldest copy I have found. MS Carson, April 24, 1943.
-  Fowble, no. 329.
-  Murrell, p. 43, 45.
-  Weitenkampf, p. 12.
-  PC/US - 1798 A000, no. 1a (1st state) (DLC/PP-2001:068)
-  Forms part of: American cartoon print filing series (Library of Congress)
-  Forms part of: Marian S. Carson Collection at the Library of Congress.
-  Published in: American political prints, 1766-1876 / Bernard F. Reilly. Boston : G.K. Hall, 1991, entry 1798-1.
-  State 3 Exhibited: "Creating the United States", Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., 2010.
-  Carson impression Exhibited: "Creating the United States", Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., 2010-2011.
Medium
1 print : etching on wove paper ; 16.2 x 22.1 cm (plate)
Call Number/Physical Location
PC/US - 1798 A000, no. 1 (A size) [P&P] PC/US - 1798 A000, no. 2 2nd state PC/US - 1798 A000, no. 3 3rd state PC/US - 1798 A000, no. 1a 1st state
Source Collection
American cartoon print filing series (Library of Congress)
Repository
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
Digital Id
ppmsca 31832 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ppmsca.31832
ppmsca 19356 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ppmsca.19356
ppmsca 19357 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ppmsca.19357
ppmsca 15707 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ppmsca.15707
cph 3a05342 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3a05342
cph 3a117345 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3a117345
Library of Congress Control Number
2008661719
Reproduction Number
LC-DIG-ppmsca-31832 (digital file from original item of first state, Carson collection) LC-DIG-ppmsca-19356 (digital file from original of second state) LC-DIG-ppmsca-19357 (digital file from original of third state) LC-DIG-ppmsca-15707 (digital file from original of first state) LC-USZ62-1551 (b&w film copy neg. of first state) LC-USZ62-9242 (b&w film copy neg. of second state)
Rights Advisory
No known restrictions on publication.
Language
English
Online Format
image
Description
1 print : etching on wove paper ; 16.2 x 22.1 cm (plate) | A crude portrayal of a fight on the floor of Congress between Vermont Representative Matthew Lyon and Roger Griswold of Connecticut. The row was originally prompted by an insulting reference to Lyon on Griswold's part. The interior of Congress Hall is shown, with the Speaker Jonathan Dayton and Clerk Jonathan W. Condy (both seated), Chaplain Ashbel Green (in profile on the left), and several others looking on, as Griswold, armed with a cane, kicks Lyon, who grasps the former's arm and raises a pair of fireplace tongs to strike him. Below are the verses: "He in a trice struck Lyon thrice / Upon his head, enrag'd sir, / Who seiz'd the tongs to ease his wrongs, / And Griswold thus engag'd, sir."
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https://lccn.loc.gov/2008661719
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