European Political Prints On-line

european_cartoons_bm9170_croppedJust in time for your winter viewing pleasure (who needs football?), the Graphic Arts team is pleased to announce that an inventory of the European Political Print Collection is now on-line and is fully illustrated.  Have a look:

This is the latest work by our Graphic Arts Assistant Jaclyn Penny, who inventoried, described, re-foldered, and digitized (for reference only) the collection of just over two hundred objects.  These are complicated prints and an image really is worth a thousand words.  The written descriptions are fantastic though, and we have a pdf for key-word searching (try devil, or Paine, or dog).  The images are all 150 dpi, so you can enlarge and zoom in to read the small text and see all the gory details (including paper texture and plate tone, for those who are really passionate about such things).

But why does AAS even have European Political Prints, you ask?  Well, the bulk of the collection illustrates Europe’s perceptions of the emerging colonies, the Revolutionary War period, and the War of 1812, so these objects offer a valuable comparison to the American political prints — allowing for a two-way conversation of cartoons and social satires.

So, give the pigskin a break and do a key word search on pig or on Patriot (no Saints or Vikings, alas) and enjoy!


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Lauren Hewes

Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Graphic Arts, American Antiquarian Society

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