The Outbreak of the Rebellion in the United States 1861

Published by Kimmel & Forster, New York, 1865
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Title: The Outbreak of the Rebellion in the United ...

Publisher: Kimmel & Forster, New York

Publication Date: 1865

Edition: 1st Edition


Lithograph. Approximately 21" X 26. Very good. Lightly, evenly age toned; blank margins either trimmed or edgeworn, for the cream mat goes to the image edge at the top and sides, while the bottom includes the full title line (mat opening 23" X 18¼"). First edition. Magnificent allegorical lithograph issued by the famed New York print publisher, who also produced a companion piece entitled "The End of the Rebellion in the United States 1865." A large figure of Columbia stands at center atop a huge splitting rock, looking to the viewer's right and clutching a waving flag in her right hand; meanwhile her other hand wags a pointing finger toward the viewer's left side. At her feet lie a whip and open shackles representing the abolition of slavery. To the viewer's right stands Abraham Lincoln, and indeed the entire right side represents the Republican cause. A stern General Winfield Scott stand behind Lincoln, and a crowd of young men strain forward, some offering up bags of gold, some bearing arms, all willing to join the cause; a woman in the foreground covers her eyes and is comforted by two children. The background on this side is horizon of mountains and a glorious sunrise. On Columbia's other side stands the figure of Justice without her usual blindfold, raising up her scales in one hand and sword in the other, glaring angrily toward all those at the left side of this hectic scene. James Buchanan's sleeps blissfully at the edge of the split rock, while next to him crouches his secretary of war, John B. Floyd -- who was charged with corruption -- eagerly scooping up gold coins into a large sack. Further back Jefferson Davis (clutching a ripped U.S. flag) and Alexander H. Stephens stand beside a palm tree with a huge snake coiling up its length and spitting at the scales of justice. An angry cluster of soldiers swirls around them. The background on this side is grim and muted, with battle scenes. This well-known print has been expertly, tastefully single matted in cream and framed in a 2" black wood frame with a period feel, overall dimensions 30½" X 26". A superb, handsome example of this famous Civil War allegorical print. Bookseller Inventory # 33225

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