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Rare vintage 18th Century Political Cartoon depicting two New England Congressmen, a Federalist with a cane and a Republican with fireplace tongs, battling on the floor of the House of Representatives
Rare broadside etching on wove paper, 8.5? x 6? image, overall 9.5? x 7?. First Edition, Third State. Titled ?Congressional Pugilists? - pinhole at ?gi?. Minor flaws. Early American political cartoon depicting the famous fight on the floor of the House of Representatives on February 15, 1798, which was started when Federalist Representative from Connecticut Roger Griswold attacked Republican Representative from Vermont Matthew Lyon with a cane; Lyon retaliated with fireplace tongs.The story instantly became legend and soon poems and other satires appeared celebrating the nonsense in Congress, one of which is etched in the lower margin of this print: ?He in a trice struck Lyon thrice / Upon is head, enrag?d Sir, / Who seiz?d the tongs to ease his wrongs, / and Griswold thus engag?d, Sir.?E. McSherry Fowble, in ?Two Centuries of Prints in America,1680-1880,? notes that ?to make this event among statesmen appear even more outrageous, the design of this version so distorted the features of
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