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Mrs. North and Her Attorney

Mrs. North and Her Attorney
Artist
John Tenniel, 1820 - 1914
Sitter
Abraham Lincoln, 12 Feb 1809 - 15 Apr 1865
Date
1864
Type
Print
Medium
Wood engraving on paper
Dimensions
Image: 19 × 24.8cm (7 1/2 × 9 3/4")
Sheet: 21 × 26.7cm (8 1/4 × 10 1/2")
Mat: 35.6 × 45.7cm (14 × 18")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Restrictions & Rights
CC0
Object number
S/NPG.78.179
Exhibition Label
This cartoon, satirizing President Lincoln’s initial failed efforts to defeat the Confederacy and win the war, suggested that the interests of the North would be better off in someone else’s hands. This message was essentially the platform of the Democratic Party’s candidates, General George B. McClellan and his running mate, George H. Pendleton, in the 1864 presidential contest. Lincoln had serious doubts of his own about his chances for reelection. However, Union victories at Mobile Bay, Atlanta, and Cedar Creek in the late summer and early fall of that year buoyed morale and helped propel Lincoln to a second term in the White House.
Esta caricatura satiriza los fallidos esfuerzos iniciales del presidente Lincoln por derrotar a la Confederación y ganar la guerra, sugiriendo que los intereses del norte correrían mejor suerte en manos de otra persona. Esta fue en esencia la plataforma política de los candidatos del Partido Demócrata, General George B. McClellan y su compañero de papeleta George H. Pendleton, en la contienda presidencial de 1864. El propio Lincoln tenía graves dudas sobre sus posibilidades de reelección. Sin embargo, las victorias de la Unión en Mobile Bay, Atlanta y Cedar Creek entre fines del verano y comienzos del otoño de ese año levantaron la moral general y propulsaron a Lincoln hacia un segundo término en la Casa Blanca.
Data Source
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