Drawn on Stone: Political Prints
from the 1830s and 1840s
December 19, 2005 – March 19, 2006
Philip Sills Exhibit Hall
William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library
1858 Neil Avenue Mall, The Ohio State University
Drawn on Stone explores American political cartooning during the tumultuous Jacksonian era. The exhibition features thirty rare satirical lithographs recently acquired by the Cartoon Research Library with help from the William J. Studer endowment. This extraordinary collection illustrates the surge in the creation and distribution of political cartoon broadsides made possible by the relative ease and speed of the new print-making process of lithography. Several cartoons not found in other major print collections are included.
Like their contemporary counterparts, early nineteenth-century cartoonists used satire, symbols, metaphors and references to popular literature and theater to comment on domestic policy and world events, to expose greed and corruption in the government, to sway voters during an election, and to criticize the administration for conducting a costly and unpopular war.
Drawn on Stone is curated by Jenny E. Robb, Visiting Assistant Curator at the Cartoon Research Library.