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Wood-engraved cartoon from the Victorian-era publication Punch. The cartoon depicts Abraham Lincoln as a raccoon that has been treed by John Bull, the personification of England. The cartoon was in response to the Trent Affair where two Confederate diplomats, James Murray Mason and John Slidell, were illegally captured by Union Captain Charles Wilkes while aboard a British ship en route to Britain and France. The incident threatened the end of peaceful relations between the United States and Great Britain; thus, the prisoners were released.
Justice Frank J. and Virginia Williams
Approximate Creation Date
11 January 1862
10 1/2 X 8 inches
Materials and Techniques Display
paper (fiber product)
John Bull (Symbolic character); Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865; Trent Affair, 1861
[Physical ID#]: [Title], Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana, Mississippi State University Libraries.
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