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political cartoon

political cartoon

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The object is a political cartoon hand-drawn in ink on white paper by Clifford Berryman in Washington, D.C. It depicts a seated and beleagured bear named "Russia" leaning against a leafless, bare tree with a sign "Posted- Lenin" signifying ownership of the surrounding land with other leafless, bare trees. A bone is on the ground near the bear, who appears too tired to reach the bone, and the bear is saying "Everyone warned me against this Soviet wilderness." Berryman signed the drawing in the lower right area of the illustration.
This work appears to be a commentary on the political transition from Russia to Soviet Russia which occurred in 1917 with Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin as the founding head.
Currently not on view
Object Name
political cartoon
Object Type
political cartoons
editorial cartoons
date made
circa 1917
Associated Date
circa 1917
associated person
Lenin, Vladimir Ilyich
Berryman, Clifford
place made
United States: District of Columbia
associated place
Physical Description
ink (overall material)
hand-drawn (overall production method/technique)
overall: 14 5/16 in x 13 9/16 in; 36.35375 cm x 34.44875 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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Political and Military History: Political History, Campaign Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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