• [Lincoln] Civil War Period Cartoon Pokes Fun At President Lincoln In Mason, Slidell Affair

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    “Up A Tree” Caricature of President Lincoln by Sir John Tenniel, January 11, 1862. Beautifully matted in green acid free mat, 12 x 16, actual cartoon size is 7 x 11. The cartoon, which came from a bound volume of Punch Prints, shows Abraham Lincoln in the body of a racoon cartoon. It arose out of the Mason and Slidell affair, which threatened war between the United States and Britain. At the time, the United States and many prominent politicians did not want to return Confederate emissaries seized from a British ship. Lincoln ultimately returned the prisoners. The cartoon is based, in part, on Davey Crockett’s popular story of Colonel Scott and the ‘Coon.’ It shows Lincoln, the ‘Coon’ in a tree being threatened by Col. Bull’s shotgun.

    Text concludes with: “President Lincoln ordered the release of Messrs. Slidell and Mason after short deliberation. – January 1862.”

    Overall in very good condition. Toning and a light stain at the bottom.

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