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The chromolithograph depicts Czar Alexander II of Russia seated in religious regalia (presumably Russian Orthodox). Beneath his feet, two small people are being crushed beneath his weight. At the bottom left corner, another small figure sits and waves a flag. At the bottom right corner, a fourth small figure crawls on the ground. The lithograph is accompanied by a small article that gives documentary information about the image. It is written by Jehu Junior, an alias for Thomas Gibson Bowles the founder of Vanity Fair. At this time, the magazine was widely known for its caricatures of people of privilege.
Vanity Fair. https://www.vanityfair.com/magazine/2008/01/oneclickhistory (accessed July 2, 2018).
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Approximate Creation Date
16 October 1869
15 X 10 inches
Materials and Techniques Display
ink on paper
recto, above image: VANITY FAIR. Oct. 16, 1869. recto, below image: No. 50. / SOVEREIGNS, No. 4, / "La civilisation russe." verso, handwritten in pencil: 928
Alexander II, Emperor of Russia, 1818-1881; Caricatures and cartoons; Russia--History--Alexander II, 1855-1881; Symbolism in art
[Physical ID#]: [Title], Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana, Mississippi State University Libraries.
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