CALL NUMBER: PGA - Akin--Prairie dog (B size) [P&P]
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-DIG-ppmsca-01659 (digital file from original print)LC-USZC4-12953 (color film copy transparency)LC-USZC4-4544 (color film copy transparency)LC-USZ62-28114 (b&w film copy neg.)LC-USZCN4-214 (color film copy neg.)
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SUMMARY: James Akin's earliest-known signed cartoon, "The Prairie Dog" is an anti-Jefferson satire, relating to Jefferson's covert negotiations for the purchase of West Florida from Spain in 1804. Jefferson, as a scrawny dog, is stung by a hornet with Napoleon's head into coughing up "Two Millions" in gold coins, (the secret appropriation Jefferson sought from Congress for the purchase). On the right dances a man (possibly a French diplomat) with orders from French minister Talleyrand in his pocket and maps of East Florida and West Florida in his hand. He says, "A gull for the People."
MEDIUM: 1 print on pale blue-grey laid paper : etching with watercolor ; 28.5 x 40.6 cm (sheet)
CREATED/PUBLISHED: [Newburyport, Mass. : s.n.], 1804.
Akin, James, ca. 1773-1846, artist.
Title appears as written on print.
The print was probably published in Newburyport, Massachusetts, where Akin was working in 1804-6.
Trimmed to within plate.
Quimby, no. 41
Published in: American political prints, 1766-1876 / Bernard F. Reilly. Boston : G.K. Hall, 1991, entry 1804-1.
Exhibited: "Rivers, Edens, Empires: Lewis Clark and the Revealing of America,"Library of Congress, 2003. DLC
Florida, purchase of.Jefferson, Thomas.Talleyrand.
Political cartoons 1800-1810.Etchings Hand-colored 1800-1810.
REPOSITORY: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
DIGITAL ID: (digital file from original print) ppmsca 01659 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ppmsca.01659 (digital file from color film copy transparency LC-USZC4-12953) cph 3g12953 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3g12953 (digital file from color film copy transparency LC-USZC4-4544) cph 3g04544 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3g04544 (digital file from b&w film copy neg.) cph 3a28896 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3a28896
CONTROL #: 2002708977
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