1. Creator/Author:
  2. Adalbert Johann Volck (35)

Lincoln and his Puppets

Creator:
Adalbert Johann Volck
Location:
Maryland, Baltimore
Origin Date:
1861-1863
Materials:
paper
Measurements:
overall: 15 in x 11 in
Item ID:
71.2009.081.0249
Holding Institution:
Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum
Available for Viewing:
No
Category:
Fine Art

Description

This etching is a political cartoon by Adalbert Volck, a Southern sympathizer living in Baltimore, Maryland, during the United States Civil War. This cartoon, one of the Confederate War Etchings series, depicts Abraham Lincoln as a puppeteer. He is dressed as a jester, holds a sword and gestures to an unseen audience from a stage. Puppets representing members of his cabinet including Simon Cameron, Gideon Welles, General Benjamin F. Butler, General John C. Fremont, General Winfield Scott, and General George B. McClellan, sit on the stage at his feet. Original etching one of thirty published in Volck's "Confederate War Etchings." Part of the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum.