Yankee Locke. The Distiguished Yankee Comedian: As he appears at the principal Theaters of the Union.

Yankee Locke. The Distiguished Yankee Comedian: As he appears at the principal Theaters of the Union.

This black and white print is an oval bust portrait of the actor George E. Locke, known as "Yankee Locke." The portrait is surrounded by six ornately framed full-length depictions of Locke’s various dramatic roles, including Jonathan Plowboy, Jedediah Homebred, Curtis Chunk, Lot Sap Sago, Solomon Swop, and Moderation Easterbrook. The words “Yankee Locke. / The Distinguished Yankee Comedian” are printed below the illustrations.
"Yankee" Locke (1817-1880) was an American comedian who was born George Evans Locke in Epsom, New Hampshire. Locke made his theatrical debut in Pizarro at Boylston Hall in Boston, Massachusetts and went on to perform on stages on both the East and West Coasts, often in smaller cities and towns. He earned the nickname "Yankee" for portraying what were seen as typically homespun American personalities, with names like Jedediah Homebred, Zedediah Short, and Moderation Easterbrook. Later in life he managed touring stage companies.
This lithograph was produced by John L. Magee. John L. Magee (ca 1820-1870s) was an artist, engraver, and lithographer born in New York. He worked at the lithographic firms of James Baillie, Nathaniel Currier, Thomas Strong, and Thomas Sinclair. He started his own business in New York in 1850 but moved to Philadelphia after 1852. He was known for his political cartoons and prints inspired by news and sports events. He also produced portraits, illustrated letterheads, and song sheets. Magee exhibited three paintings at the National Academy of Design, including The Mischievous Boy.
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ca 1860
Locke, George E.
Magee, John L.
Warren, L. K.
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United States
image: 20 in x 16 1/2 in; 50.8 cm x 41.91 cm
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Harry T. Peters "America on Stone" Lithography Collection
Comic prints
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National Museum of American History
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