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Illustrated by:
George Edward Perine, American, 1837 - 1885  Search this
Thomas Nast, American, 1840 - 1902  Search this
Subject of:
Robert Brown Elliott, American, 1842 - 1884  Search this
ink on paper
H x W (sheet): 8 7/16 × 5 11/16 in. (21.5 × 14.5 cm)
reprographic copies
Place made:
United States, North and Central America
ca. 1874 and 1876; printed later
A page from an unidentified book with a black-and-white reproduction of an engraving of Robert B. Elliott by George E. Perine on one side. Dressed in a bowtie, white shirt, and dark jacket, Elliott is pictured from the chest up, gazing to his proper left. Directly below the portrait is: [Eng by Geo E Perine N.Y.]. Printed in black script is the signature: [Robt. B. Elliott] and printed below is: [HON. ROBERT B. ELLIOTT]. At the bottom left corner beneath the image is printed [Library of Congress].
The other side of the book page has a reproductions of the prints "The First Colored Senator and Representatives in the 41st and 42nd Congress of the United States," by Currier and Ives (top) and "The Bloody Shirt Removed," a cartoon by Thomas Nast (bottom). The top print is a group portrait featuring: Robert C. De Large of South Carolina, Jefferson H. Long of Georgia, Senator H.R. Revels of Mississippi; Benjamin S. Turner, of Alabama, Josiah T. Walls of Florida, Joseph H. Rainy of South Carolina, and Robert Brown Elliott of South Carolina. The bottom political cartoon depicts Democratic presidential candidate Samuel J. Tilden amidst African American victims of violence and quotations about reforms and a reference to the 1876 Massacre at Hamburg. At the bottom is the text: ["THE BLOODY SHIRT REMOVED" / Governor Tilden: "It is not I, but the Idea of Reform which I represent].
Objects depicting racist and/or stereotypical imagery or language may be offensive and disturbing, but the NMAAHC aims to include them in the Collection to present and preserve the historical context in which they were created and used. Objects of this type provide an important historical record from which to study and evaluate racism.
African American  Search this
Caricature and cartoons  Search this
Civil Rights  Search this
Freedom  Search this
Justice  Search this
Law  Search this
Men  Search this
Photography  Search this
Politics  Search this
Race riots  Search this
Reconstruction, U.S. History, 1865-1877  Search this
Slavery  Search this
U.S. History, 1865-1921  Search this
Violence  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Stanley Turkel's Collection of Reconstruction Era Materials
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Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture