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19th Century Original European British Caricature Cartoon Historical Political Satire Street Scenes

Including a scene of the British built John Bull locomotive first operated in the U.S. in 1831 by the Camden & Amboy (C&A) railroad which was later acquired by the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR). The John Bull locomotive is now owned by the Smithsonian and was operated in 1981 making it the oldest operable steam train engine in the world.

This hand colored engraving from the 19th century, portrays a cartoon strip, caricature political satire, or historical timeline of 9 separate objects or scenes with possible references to Napoleon, French or British War , Asian trade, a gathering of people and creatures in what looks like Hyde Park or Piccadilly (or possibly in France Note: "Cafe De" written on one of the buildings), as well as a bull charging the John Bull locomotive (John Bull is written on the top of the train).

Attached to the back is a catalog card listing the title as "Street Scenes" approximate year 1830, hand colored engraving, Author unknown, Origin UK, rag mounted and matted in May 1960 as well as a sales slip or invoice dated 1991 with owners name to aid in the establishment of provenance. In the middle right side of the engraving there are three initials (assumed to be the artists initials) although the first letter is hard to read, it looks most like PWE, but may be TWE, LWE, or FWE. The artistic style and characters, such as the bear, are similar to, or in the manor of James Gillray who passed away in 1815, well before the John Bull was built. Unfortunately, no 19th century artists names were found with matching initials by this seller via internet research. Regardless, this is a very fine example of 19th century caricature cartoon satire art with reference to a significantly important piece of U.S. railroad transportation history.

SIZE: Frame size 17" x 14 1/2" with the mat opening of 12" x 9 1/2"

CONDITION: Good age appropriate condition with minor discoloration marks and spotting throughout, as well as one or two small 1/4" crease lines. No tears or holes are noted. The condition is based on the visible areas only. The brown paper frame backing has not been removed by this seller.

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19th Century British Caricature Cartoon Satire John Bull Locomotive Street Scenes Hand Colored Engraving


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