CREATING A SENSATION. [AND] SPOILING A SENSATION. [PAIR]

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Thomas Worth


Creating a Sensation. [and] Spoiling A Sensation. [Pair]

Lithograph, hand-colored, 1881.
Small folio - image size (vignette) 9 1/2 x 13" (24.1 x 33 cm) and 9 1/4 x 13 5/8" (23.6 x 34.7 cm).
Good condition and color, minor toning.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 93433
Price: $650.00
Publisher : Published by Currier & Ives 115 Nassau St. New York.
The full titles are "Creating a Sensation. The Bully Boy on a Bicycle." and "Spoiling A Sensation. : The Bicycle Boy on a Bull."

This is one of Currier & Ives famous Darktown series burlesquing African-Americans. In "Creating a Sensation" a black on a high-wheeled bicycle upsets a painter and a woman riding a donkey. In "Spoiling a Sensation" the same man has crashed into a raging bull. His destroyed bicycle has trapped him to its back. In the distance the painter and woman look on with great amusement.

Thomas Worth produced over 500 comic pictures over the years, including the famous Darktown series, which burlesqued the African American, as well as the so-called White comics. Both of these series poked fun at all phases of American life from sports and games to the milestones of family life. Immensely popular and cheap, these prints were widely distributed but often mishandled or lost, so that few survive today.
18th-19th Century Subjects , Caricatures and Satirical , Darktown

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