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This online exhibition highlights selections from a rich collection of political cartoons in the Lilly Library. The caricatures depict times of turbulence in American history and range in date from the Revolutionary War to the War of 1812 and to the presidential elections of 1860 and 1864 which brought Abraham Lincoln to the White House. To facilitate browsing, the exhibition is divided by time period and includes a section on the history of caricature. As you visit the online galleries you will sample the works of notable artists and publishers who sought to portray and comment upon the events forging America's future.
To navigate around the site select and click on a sidebar icon. Entering a gallery you will find information about the cartoons and artists of that period.

When you click on the Picture Album icon preceding the text you will move to a page of thumbnail representations of the images residing in the gallery. The full size of the each image ranges from 25 to 70 KB and may be retrieved by clicking on the thumbnail. In the case of Abraham Lincoln, the caricatures have been divided into categories with links to each located at the foot of the introductory text.


About Caricatures

The Colonial Years
The War of 1812

Abraham Lincoln 1860-1865