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Great Cry and Little Wool

Title
Lincoln and his Cabinet
Artist
Unidentified Artist
Sitter
Abraham Lincoln, 12 Feb 1809 - 15 Apr 1865
Winfield Scott, 13 Jun 1786 - 29 May 1866
Caleb Blood Smith, 16 Apr 1808 - 7 Jan 1864
William Henry Seward, 16 May 1801 - 15 Oct 1872
Simon Cameron, 8 Mar 1799 - 25 Jun 1889
Gideon Welles, 1 Jul 1802 - 11 Feb 1878
Montgomery Blair, 10 May 1813 - 27 Jul 1883
Salmon Portland Chase, 13 Jan 1808 - 7 May 1873
Date
1861
Type
Print
Medium
Lithograph on paper
Dimensions
Image: 9 x 15.5cm (3 9/16 x 6 1/8")
Sheet: 24.7 x 15.7cm (9 3/4 x 6 3/16")
Mat: 45.7 x 35.6cm (18 x 14")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Dr. Frank Stanton
Object number
NPG.81.69
Exhibition Label
This satirical broadside, dated July 2, 1861, mocks President Lincoln and his cabinet members for their efforts to reunite the union by force of arms. The unidentified artist, a Baltimore secessionist, used a title from an ancient proverb, "great cry and little wool," whose meaning is similar to the more modern saying, "to cry over spilt milk."
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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