John Bull Makes a Discovery.

John Bull Makes a Discovery.

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This anti-English political cartoon highlights Northern concerns that Great Britain would abandon its anti-slavery values and instead give support to the Confederacy out of economic interests. In 1862 and 1863, the Northern blockade of the South resulted in a cotton shortage in England, and the textile industry there suffered. In the print, John Bull, the figural representation of Great Britain holds a clump of cotton that he had grasped from a bale. He remarks, “Well yes! it is certain that cotton is more useful to me than wool!!” as he strokes the hair, or “wool,” on the head of a slave kneeling at his feet. Two other black man stand in the back left and proceed to cry. In the back right, a goateed Southern man with a straw hat watches the scene with a joyful look upon his face. Despite Northern anxieties and Southern hopes, Great Britain had little interest in embroiling itself in the American war and maintained a policy of neutrality.
Nathaniel Currier (1813-1888) was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts, and after serving an apprenticeship in Boston, he moved to New York City in 1834. In New York, he briefly partnered with Adam Stodart, but their firm dissolved within a year, and Currier went into business on his own until 1857. James M. Ives (1824-1895) was a native New York lithographer who was hired as a bookkeeper by Currier in 1852. In 1857, the two men partnered, forming the famous lithography firm of Currier and Ives, which continued under their sons until 1907.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Lithograph
Object Type
Lithograph
Date made
n.d.
date made
1861-1863
maker
unknown
place made
World
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements
image: 10 1/8 in x 13 7/8 in; 25.7175 cm x 35.2425 cm
ID Number
DL.60.3368
catalog number
60.3368
Credit Line
Harry T. Peters "America on Stone" Lithography Collection
subject
Blacks
Political Caricatures
Diplomacy
Reform Movements
African American
Civil War
Civil War
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Art
American Civil War Prints
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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