Anti-Slavery Lithograph, A Proslavery Incantation Scene, or Shakespeare Improved by Johnson
Lithograph, 21.375 x 14 in., titled A Proslavery Incantation Scene, or Shakespeare Improved / See Macbeth. An unsigned 1856 presidential campaign-related lithograph produced by leading 19th century lithographer, David Claypool Johnson.
Pro-slavery politicians gather around a boiling kettle over a fire of Sumner’s Speech, Beecher’s Sermons, N.Y. Tribune. The kettle bears the words, Double, double, Free State trouble; Till Fremont men are straw & Stubble. James Buchanan presides over the scene stating, Ere we begin our mystic course, / Bear this in mind, that I indorse / The laws of Kansas now in force… Each of the scruffy-looking politicians gives an incantation in support of Slavery, e.g. Here’s forked tongue of Free Soil adder, / To make the madden’d gruel madder; / And fillet of a Free Soil frog, / From a Free Soil state, and a Free Soil bog… A slave catcher, pleased about the spilling of freemen’s blood and hearing the cries of their widows, states, To know my Kansas-Nebraska bill, / has caus’d these woes; to me is joy, / Here and at home in Illinois...
Claypool was trained as an actor before becoming a lithographer, so his allusion to Macbeth makes sense.
An excellent example of a scurrilous anti-slavery political print.
Near excellent condition with slightly darker toning along the left and right edges of print.