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Militia Drill Thirty Years Ago. A,

  • ARTIST: David Claypoole Johnston

  • MEDIUM: Lithograph,

    DATE: 1862

  • EDITION SIZE: 10 5/8 x 15 14/16" (272 x 404 mm) plus title and margins.

  • DESCRIPTION: This comic print depicts a and rather stiff officer inspecting group of men ineptly enacting a militia drill. Some have rifles while others have sticks or clubs. One gentleman has a corn stalk with a bayonet attached and another holds an umbrella. Some members managing to use to poke others in the backside or to point at someone else in a dangerous fashion. Signed: "D.C. Johnston, Ill., 1832." The artist, David Claypoole Johnston (1798-1865) was a caricaturist, printmaker, painter and actor. He apprenticed to the Philadelphia engraver Francis Kearney.


  • CONDITION: Fair to good condition. Faint matline. narrow upper margin. Original hand coloring


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