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Guide to the New-York Historical Society Collection of Caricatures and Cartoons
1643, 1756-1943, 1977
 PR 10

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Container List

Series II. Early Republic Period, 1792-1826

Scope and Contents

The series includes prints dating from 1792 to 1826, that is, from the early decades of the American republic, into the administration of U.S. President John Quincy Adams. There are about 60 prints in the series. A substantial number of the prints relate to the War of 1812 and the American-British tensions leading to the war. Other themes touched on are the slave trade, the Sedition Act, the early rumblings of secession at the Hartford Convention, and social satire, among other matters.

The container list includes "BM" (for British Museum) numbers for about 15 of the prints. This refers to numbers in the "Catalogue of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum, [Volume 4], Division I, Political and Personal Satires " and can assist in finding further data and images about the item on the internet.

Arrangement

The series is arranged in approximate chronological order.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Folder: FF-13 Item : 1792-1 The Abolition of the Slave Trade

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BM #8079; Full Title - Abolition of the Slave Trade, Or, The Inhumanity of Dealers in Human Flesh as exemplified in the Cruel Treatment of a Young Negro Girl of 15 for her Virgin Modesty; published by S.W. Fores; Acquisition(?) date on front: Apr. 16, 1906.

1792
Folder: FF-13 Item : 1792-2 The Blind Enthusiast [Slave Trade ?]

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Published by William Holland; Acquisition(?) date on front - March 9, 1900.

1792
Folder: FF-13 Item : 1792-3 Tom Paine's Nightly Pest

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BM #8137; Published by H. Humphrey; James Gilray, design et fect.; on back is another design by James Gilray. Acquisition(?) date: Nov. 1, 1944.

1792
Folder: FF-13 Item : 1792-4 Justice and Humanity at Home [Civil Liberties]

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BM #9685; Published by William Holland

1792
Folder: FF-13 Item : 1792-5 The Patriot Exalted [Fox and the Empress of Russia]

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BM #8067; published by Thomas Cornell

1792
Folder: FF-13 Item : 1792-6 Cruelty & Oppression Abroad [Slave Trade]

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Published by William Holland. Acquisition(?) date on front - March 9, 1900.

1792
Folder: FF-14 Item : 1794-1 A Camp Scene

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Lithograph (colored). H.W. Bunbury Esq. Del., G. White, Sculp., published by J. Harris

1794
Folder: FF-14 Item : 1795-1 The Times: A Political Portrait [Attack on Jacobins]

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On front - "Presented to the New-York State Historical Society by Geo. B. Reed, Montpelier, Vermont ..."

1795
Folder: FF-14 Item : 1796-1 A Portrait [Sir David Dundas on Horseback]

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BM #11256 (variant) For many years, this was thought to be George Washington but it is not. H. Humphrey, publisher.Engraved by T.A.s

1796
Folder: FF-15 Item : 1798-1 Drumming out of the Regiment!! [Rest of Title in French; Dismissal of Duke of Norfolk]

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BM #9170. W. Holland, publisher. Acquisition(?) date on front: Apr.16, 1906.

1798
Folder: FF-15 Item : 1798-2 The Gallant Nellson bringing Home Two Uncommon Fierce French Crocadiles from the Nile as a Present to the King

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BM #9251. S.W. Fores, publisher. Acquisition(?) date on back: Nov. 8, 1948.

1798
Folder: FF-16 Item : 1798-3 Congressional Pugilists [Sedition Act]

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Copy 1 -- on back: "First fight in Congress. Griswold of Connecticut spoke offensively of Lyon who spat in his face. Griswold flew at him with a stick - Lyon seized the tongs and a pitched battle ensued. from the original caricature & plate; engraved 1798.... Presented to the New-York Historical Society by John B. Murray. New York February, 1862

1798
Folder: FF-15 Item : 1798-3 Congressional Pugilists

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Copy 2 (repaired) includes an attached note dated 1803 March 16 by John M. Douglas about his wife Mary whom, according to the note, eloped with Col. Matthew Lyon, one of the pugilists. The back of the note quotes the Porcupines Gazette of February 15, 1798 description of the fight.

1798, 1803
Folder: FF-15 Item : 1798-No # Congress Moves to Philadelphia

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On the back of this photostat: "From original colored caricature in possession of the American Antiquarian Society. Photostat presented to the N.Y.H.S. Sept. 18, 1935

undated
Folder: FF-17 Item : Prior 1800-3 Presente A Monsieur Le Marquis de La Fayette

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Invente et compose par Lagardette fils du graveur...A Paris chez l'auteur, rue et vis-a-vis le Cloitre St. Honore, Caffe Militaire et Passage des Feuillans. Acquisition(?) date on back: Nov. 18, 1948.

Prior 1800
Folder: FF-17 Item : Prior 1800-4 From the Blood of Tyranny, Independence is born [Du Sein de la Tyrannie Naquit l'Independence. M.A. Voltaire] [American Independence]

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On the back: "Presented by Daniel Parish, Jr. Apr. 16, 1906. ... One of 58 caricatures presented at the same time"

Prior 1800
Folder: FF-18 Item : 1800-2 Hearts for the Year 1800 [Seven Comic Female Figures described as each representing a different precious stone]

Scope and Contents

2 sheets. Etched by Rowlandson; del. Woodward. Published by R. Ackermann.

1800
Folder: FF-18 Item : 1800-3 24 Separate Caricatures [Caricatures of men and women, each given a letter of the alphabet and a name suggesting the character of the person with the conundrum beneath each picture]
1800
Folder: FF-18 Item : 1802-1 A Genuine View of the Parties in an Affair of Honor, after the fifth shot at Hobuken (Hoboken) [Clinton-Swartwout Duel]
1802
Folder: FF-18 Item : 1806-1 The Ghost of a Dollar or the Bankers Surprize [Stephen Girard]

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W. Charles, Del & Sculp

1806
Folder: FF-19 Item : 1807-1 Look on this Picture, and On This. [George Washington, Thomas Jefferson]
1807
Folder: FF-19 Item : 1807-2 in crowds the Ladies ran, All wish'd to see and touch the tawny man. [Jefferson's Alliance with Tammany]

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Tisdale, pinxt; Leney sculpt. SEE: Butterfield's "The American Past" p.21, for variation owned by NYPL.

1807
Folder: FF-19 Item : 1807-3 OGRABME, or, The American Snapping-turtle [Embargo Act]

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Woodcut by Alexander Anderson, sold for the proprietor by D. Longworth. On back, Mr. Pintard appears to be addressee.

1807
Folder: FF-19 Item : 1808-1 The Cat Let Out of the Bag. [A scene from a new play under rehearsal in Boston; Sailors Resist Embargo]

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Charles Del & Sculp. Acquisition(?) date on front dated: July 10, 1902

1808
Folder: FF-19 Item : 1808-2 The Tory Editor and His Apes Giving their Pitiful Advice to the American Sailors [Sailors Resist Embargo]

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Variant of 1808-1 (Different Title). Charles Del & Sculp. Acquisition(?) date on front dated: Apr. 16, 1906.

1808
Folder: FF-19 Item : 1808-3 National Opinions on Bononaparte [sic] [Reactions to Napoleon; Countries represented by Comic Figures]

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BM #10980. Woodward Delt, C.W. Sculpt., published by Thomas Tegg. Acquisition(?) date on front: Apr. 16, 1906.

1808
Folder: FF-19 Item : 1808-No # The Politician

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BM #11178. Published by W. Davison Alnwick

1808
Folder: FF-19 Item : 1809-1 The Copenhagen Monster Muzzld. [Seizure by Denmark of American Merchantmen]

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Acquisition(?) date on back dated: Apr. 16, 1906

1809
Folder: FF-20 Item : 1809-No # Intercourse or Impartial dealings [Long-standing enmity between Great Britain and France]

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This caricature and the following were acquired by NYHS in 1995. Peter Pencil (likely an alias) is the creator of the etchings. Only other known set of these etchings is owned by Harvard University

1809
Folder: FF-20 Item : 1809-No # Non Intercourse or Dignified Retirement [Embargo Act replacement by NonIntercourse Act]

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This caricature and the one above were acquired by the NYHS in 1995. Peter Pencil (likely an alias) is the creator of the etchings. Only other known set of these etchings is owned by Harvard University.

1809
Folder: FF-20 Item : 1809-No # Peter Stuyvesants Army Entering New Amsterdam

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From a drawing by William Heath of London; From Knickerbocker's "History of New York"

1809
Folder: FF-19 Item : 1810-1 A Scene in the Honey Moon or Conjugal Felicity

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(signed) Esq. Del. (with figure of man). Published by T. McLean.

1810
Folder: FF-21 Item : 1812-1 Huzza for "Free Trade and Sailor's Rights." [War of 1812]

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On front, acquisition(?) dated: Nov. 23, 1905

1812
Folder: FF-21 Item : 1812-2 National Boar [War of 1812; on blue paper]
1812
Folder: FF-21 Item : 1812-3 Bruin Become Mediator or Negociation [sic] for Peace [War of 1812]

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2 copies. Copy 1: black & white; Copy 2: colored. Wm. Charles del & sculpt. Copy 1 on front: acquisition(?) date: Jan 3 of 1899. Copy 2 stamped on back: "Eugene H. Pool Collection of Captain James Lawrence, Gift of Dr. Eugene H. Pool, December 22 (unreadable)

1812
Folder: FF-21 Item : 1812-4 Philanthropie Moderne [War of 1812 & Slavery]

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Published by Smith, New York. On back acquisition(?) dated: June 15, 1954. SEE "British warfare in 1812, 1837-38" (1812-4) an adaptation of Philanthropie Moderne.

1812
Folder: FF-21 Item : 1812-5 He Who Fights or Runs Away, May Fight or Run Another Day [on blue paper]

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On front, acquisition(?) date: July 2, 1903.

1812
Folder: FF-21 Item : 1812-6 Brother Jonathan's Soliloquy on the Times

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Signed Kensett pinx et sculp. At top, "Great estates may venture more, Franklin". Note on card catalogue that dating is dubious and may have been done between 1832-34 by J.F. Kensett, Thomas Kensett's son. On front, acquisition(?) date: Sept 27, 1907.

1812
Folder: FF-21 Item : 1812-8 HIs Most Excellent Majesty, George The Third

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Stadler, sculp., Rosenberg, delt. Published Jan. 22, 1812, by Colnaghi & Co.

1812
Folder: FF-21 Item : 1813-1 British Valour And Yankee Boasting Or, Shannon Versus Chesapeake

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BM #12080. Etching - G. Crukshank, fecit. Published for The Proprietor of Town Talk. On front, acquisition(?) date: Jan 15, 1907.

1813
Folder: FF-21 Item : 1813-2 The Hornet And Peacock, Or, John Bull In Distress

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Engraving by Amos Doolittle, entered ... 27th Day of March 1813, by A. Doolittle of Connecticut. There is also a photostat copy of this caricature; that one has acquisition(?) date on the back of - Feb. 23, 1943.

1813
Folder: FF-21 Item : 1813-3 Soldiers on a March to Buffalo

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By William Charles (NYHS copy omits name). On back, acquisition(?) date: Jan. 30, 1899.

1813
Folder: FF-21 Item : 1813-4 A View of Winchester in North America, Dedicated to Mr. President Mad i son!

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BM #12043. Published by S. Knight. On back, acquisition(?) date: April 6/93 (1993?)

1813
Folder: FF-21 Item : 1813-5 A Boxing Match, Or Another Bloody Nose for John Bull [Defeat of H.M.S. Boxer]

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W. Charles, del. et sculp. On front, acquisition(?) date: May 22, 1908

1813
Folder: FF-21 Item : 1813-6 John Bull and The Baltimoreans. [Retreat of British Soliders]

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Wm. Charles, del et sculp., published by Wm. Charles, Philadelphia. On front, acquisition(?) date: Jan 8, 1899.

1813
Folder: FF-21 Item : 1813-8 The Yankey Torpedo.

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BM #12090. [Signed] E_s Del - Ft. [Published] by Thomas Tegg III, London. On back, acquisition date: "April 27, 1960 (Wilbur)"

1813
Folder: FF-22 Item : 1814-1 John Bull Making a New Batch of Ships to Send to the Lakes [Naval Victories of Perry & MacDonough]

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Charles, del et sculp. Published by Wm. Charles. 2 copies. On front of one, acquisition(?) date: Dec. 31, 1903.

1814
Folder: FF-22 Item : 1814-2 Johnny Bull And The Alexandrians [Naval Stores]

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Wm. Charles, sc., published by Wm. Charles.

1814
Folder: FF-22 Item : 1814-3 The Fall of Washington Or, Maddy in Full Flight [Burning of the Capitol]

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BM #12311. Published by S. W. Force, London. In card catalogue and binder, this caricature is listed as 1814-4 but on the back is 1814-3. On front, acquisition(?) date: March 31, 1906.

1814
Folder: FF-22 Item : 1814-5 A Reception of Doctors at Oxford's University [Title also in French]

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BM #12283. On front, acquisition(?) date: Nov. 13, 1897.

1814
Folder: FF-22 Item : 1814-6 The Action between the British & American Frigates on the Serpentine, Hyde Park. 1st August, 1814. [Shannon & Chesapeake]

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Published by T. Palser, London.

1814
Folder: FF-22 Item : 1814-7 The Merchants Memorial to Alley Croker [American attacks on British Merchant Ships]

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BM #12310. G. Cruikshank, etch. Published by Thomas Tegg.

1814
Folder: FF-22 Item : 1815-1 The Hartford Convention or, Leap No Leap [Secession]

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One of two variants

1815
Folder: FF-22 Item : 1815-2 The Hartford Convention or, Leap No Leap [Secession]

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2 copies of this variant - one Black & White; one Colored. Wm. Charles, Sct. On front of Black & White copy, acquisition(?) date: April 16, 1906. On back of colored copy, stamped, "Eugene H. Pool Collection of Captain James Lawrence. Gift of Dr. Eugene H. Pool. December 23, [unreadable].

1815
Folder: FF-22 Item : 1817-1 Democracy __ against the __ Unnatural Union [Pennsylvania State Politics]

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Attributed by Murrell to William Charles. On front, date - April 16, 1906.

1817
Folder: FF-22 Item : 1819-1 The Political Champion Turned Resurrection Man!

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BM #13283. [Signed] T.R.C. fecit. Published by E. King. On back, acquisition date: April 27, 1960 (Wilbur)

1819
Folder: FF-23 Item : 1820-1 John Hiester's Claims to the Votes of a Christian People, Or, The Reformer of 1820 Exhibiting His Love of Liberty and Country [Slave Trade]

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On front, acquisition(?) date: Feb. 4, 1907

1820
Folder: FF-23 Item : 1820-2 A Letter from Under a [London] Bridge [Washington Irving?]

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Lithograph by "C."

circa 1820
Folder: FF-23 Item : 1820-4 Charcoal Sketches Or, Night Scenes in the Metropolis

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By J.C. Neal, Published by E.L. Carey & A. Hart. Designed & Etched by D.C. Johnston. On front, acquisition(?) date: April 15, 1907(?) [unreadable]

circa 1820
Folder: FF-23 Item : 1824-1 A Foot-Race [Presidential candidates]

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Crackfardi (David Claypoole Johnston) Delt & Sculp. 3 copies. One copy is The Gift of Henry O. Havermeyer, Yale 1900. One copy - stamped "Collections of The New-York Historical Society" with acquisition(?) date April 16, 1906. One copy, acquisition(?) date on front: Feb. 4, 1901 (?).

1824
Folder: FF-146 Item : 1832-12 Caucus Curs in Full Yell, or a War-Whoop, to Saddle on the People, a Pappoose President [Andrew Jackson]

Scope and Contents

J. Akin aqua fortis. Butler Sentinel [publisher?]. Item has an N-YHS designator of 1832-12 because that was the circa date originally given the print.

1824
Folder: FF-23 Item : 1825-1 Precocity [American Life]

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Lithograph by Pendleton. Designed and executed by D.C. Johnston, Boston. On back, acquisition(?) date: Aug. 15, 1939

circa 1825
Folder: FF-23 Item : 1825-2 The Seasons.

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Lithographed by Pendleton's. D.C. Johnston, Del. On back, acquisition(?) date:- Aug. 15, 1939.

circa 1825
Folder: FF-23 Item : 1826-1 The Drunkard's Progress, Or, The Direct Road to Poverty, Wretchedness & Ruin.

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Designed and pubished by J.W. Barber. Four illustrations below Title.

1826

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