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Progressive Democracy - Prospect of a Smash Up

Artist
Currier & Ives Lithography Company, active 1857 - 1907
Possibly after
Louis Maurer, 1832 - 1932
Copy after
Unidentified Artist
Sitter
Stephen Arnold Douglas, 23 Apr 1813 - 3 Jun 1861
Herschel Vespasian Johnson, 18 Sep 1812 - 16 Aug 1880
James Buchanan, 21 Apr 1791 - 1 Jun 1868
John Cabell Breckinridge, 15 Jan 1821 - 17 May 1875
Joseph Lane, 14 Dec 1801 - 19 Apr 1881
Abraham Lincoln, 12 Feb 1809 - 15 Apr 1865
Hannibal Hamlin, 27 Aug 1809 - 4 Jul 1891
Date
1860
Type
Print
Medium
Lithograph on paper
Dimensions
Image: 21.4 x 42.3cm (8 7/16 x 16 5/8")
Sheet: 29.4 x 43.8cm (11 9/16 x 17 1/4")
Mat: 40.6 x 55.9cm (16 x 22")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number
NPG.83.237
Exhibition Label
By the mid-nineteenth century, single-sheet broadside cartoons played an important role in electioneering. Some of these broadsheets were printed in quantities from 50,000 to 100,000 and distributed to party headquarters or sold from newspaper offices. The venerable Currier & Ives Lithography Company, the most prolific print publishers of the period, issued numerous cartoons in the election of 1860, satirizing all factions. Progressive Democracy features the dilemma of a divided Democratic Party. With Stephen Douglas and running mate Hershel V. Johnson pulling the "platform" one way while southerners John C. Breckinridge and Joseph Lane, driven by James Buchanan, strain in the other direction, Republican candidates Abraham Lincoln and Hannibal Hamlin anticipate the "smash up" of the Democratic Party.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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