RARE lithograph Lincoln Hartford E.B.& E.C. Kellogg THE GREAT REMEDY (civil War) For Sale
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RARE lithograph Lincoln Hartford E.B.& E.C. Kellogg THE GREAT REMEDY (civil War): $1,500
This is afascinating,awesome image. It features three cats, two white, and one black. The white cat on the right has a dark collar with the word “Jeff”, symbolizing Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederacy. The black cat has a red collar, a strand of which reads “Contraband” (you can see it if you click on the image to see it at full size). The other white cat, presumably, is Abraham Lincoln. Note that the black Contraband cat has a growling, savage look as he eyes the white Jeff cat.The white Jeff cat, meanwhile, is tryingto get atthe white Lincoln cat, who seems to be barely holding on.
On the table is a bottle ~ perhaps it resembles a bottle ofsnake oil~ that reads in part “Lincoln Blackstrap: Directions: One dose immediately; another after January 1st, 1863.” This refers to the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation that Lincoln issued in September 1862, and the final version of the Proclamation he issued on January 1, 1863.Also on the table is a set of dice; the inference is that the Emancipation Proclamation is as much a gamble as cure.
Recollect that, the contraband policy was about using escaped slaves, or slaves in occupied territory, as laborers. The Proclamation offered freedom to slaves who weren’t yet “in the custody” of the Union. Many people in both the South and the North saw the Proclamation asencouraging slaves to engage in violent insurrection against their enslavers. The Proclamation, then, was taking the use of African Americans by the Union to a next, more frightening level. The white cat would have to cross the path of the black cat… everybody wondered what would happen.
It has been framed sometime in the past. some discoloring. Please email with any questions