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Litografia Francesco Casanova e Figlio, Questione Ispano-Americana – ossia – Armistizio, Guerra, Pace – ovvero – Come finirà? Bologna, 1898.

Italian political satire on the looming Spanish-American War

A striking political cartoon from the Bolognese journal La Rana, probably issued in early 1898 as tensions between Spain and the United States were coming to a head. Spain, astride a bull and holding her “little king” in her left arm, charges at America, in the guise of a beautiful young woman wearing a liberty […]

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L[ouise-Philip] Boitard Invt. et Delin. / J[ohn] June Sculp., BRITISH RESENTMENT or the FRENCH fairly COOPT at Louisbourg. London: Printed for T. Bowles in St. Pauls Church Yard, & Jno. Bowles & Son, in Cornhil [sic], 25 Septr. 1755.

Rare 1755 cartoon predicting British victory in North America

A fantastic, if premature, political cartoon predicting British victory in the French and Indian War.    The title of the print refers to one of the opening battles of the War, when on June 8, 1755 off Newfoundland a squadron under Admiral Boscawen captured two French ships loaded with reinforcements for Louisbourg. Boscawen’s aggression, the print […]

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[Michael Angelo] Woolf, OUR NATIONAL BIRD AS IT APPEARED WHEN HANDED TO JAMES BUCHANAN. MARCH. 4. 1857. [:] THE IDENTICAL BIRD AS IT APPEARED. A. D. 1861. “I was murdered i’ the Capitol” Shakespeare. New York: Thomas W. Strong, 1861.

Witty political cartoon attacking the legacy of the Buchanan Administration

An elegantly-vicious political cartoon attacking the damage done by James Buchanan’s ineffectual administration in the years leading up to the Civil War. The Buchanan Administration (1857-1861) is generally viewed as a disaster. His advocacy of states’ rights, reluctance to wield the power of the Federal Government, and sympathy for southern slaveowners enabled sectional tensions to […]

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[Attributed to James Gillray (1756-1815)] / Published by W. Humphrey (1742?-before 1815), The TIMES, Anno 1783. No. 227 Strand, London, April 14th 1783.

James Gillray cartoon mourning Britain’s loss of its American empire

A scarce and entertaining James Gillray political cartoon skewering Great Britain’s loss of her American colonies. At the time of the print’s publication in April 1783, the American Revolutionary War was essentially over: On January 20 Great Britain, the United States, France and Spain signed the provisional treaty of peace, ending hostilities and recognizing American […]

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[John Norman?], AMERICA TRIUMPHANT and BRITANNIA in DISTRESS. [Boston, late 1781?]

America gloats, even before Yorktown

A rare 1781 cartoon celebrating American independence, in an almost uncanny anticipation of the impending British surrender at Yorktown. This late-Revolutionary cartoon shows 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 nations […]

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[After Benjamin Wilson], THE REPEAL OR THE FUNERAL OF MISS AME[RICAN]=STAMP [No place, no date, but London, 1766].

Iconic 1766 political cartoon celebrating the repeal of the Stamp Act

Important and scarce political cartoon satirizing the repeal of the Stamp Act and broader commentary on the administration of George Grenville, Prime Minister from 1763 to 1765. “One of the most famous and popular political satires commenting on the Stamp Act”. (Dolmetsch) Background Of the many events that precipitated the American Revolution, few are more […]

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G[eorge] Cruikshank, PREPARING JOHN BULL for GENERAL CONGRESS. London: W.N. Jones, No. 5 Newgate St., August 1st 1813.

1813 political cartoon featuring the USS President

A fantastic political cartoon with strong War of 1812 content including the frigate USS President. The print mocks Britain’s many difficulties as it fought on many fronts against Napoleon and the United States, all the while hemorrhaging money in subsidies for its allies on the Continent. The image depicts John Bull, his wig awry, backed against a […]

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[Joseph Ferdinand] Keppler, THE SIREN SONG OF PARTISANSHIP. THE OLD STUFF DOESN’T GO ANY MORE. New York: Keppler & Schwarzmann, [June, 1, 1910].

Spectacular Puck cartoon skewering the era’s political partisanship

A striking 1910 chromolithographic political cartoon from Puck magazine, skewering political partisanship by skillfully deploying not one but two metaphors, the “ship of state” and the “Sirens’ song”. “Illustration shows a galley labeled “Government Of, By, and For the People” sailing past rocks labeled “Bossism” where other ships have wrecked, drawn by “Party Solidarity” sung […]

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1912 United States of Guggenheimerica

Cartoon map taking aim at the Guggenheim mining empire

An unusual and mildly anti-Semitic cartographic cartoon from 1912 taking aim at the power of the Guggenheim Family and their purported corrupt dealings in Alaska. The cartoon depicts the United States in outline, towered over by eight of its industrial titans. East of the Mississippi are Morgan, Rockefeller and Carnegie, glaring across the river at […]

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[ Containment Policy ] Draper Hill, [Two versions of an untitled Vietnam War-era political cartoon featuring Lyndon Johson, Dean Rusk and Robert McNamara.] Probably Worcester, Mass., ca. 1865-68.

Draper Hill cartoon lampooning America’s Containment policy in the Cold War

A rare political cartoon by Draper Hill satirizing the United States’ Cold War-era Containment Policy, which sought to limit the expansion of Soviet communism but ended up precipitating the catastrophe of the Vietnam War. Present here in both working manuscript and printed form, enabling one to see changes from conception to the final copy. The […]

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