"The Prairie Dog"

This is James Akin's earliest-known signed cartoon, "The Prairie Dog." It is an anti-Jefferson satire, relating to Jefferson's negotiations for the purchase of West Florida from Spain in 1804. Thomas Jefferson, as a scrawny dog, is stung by a hornet with Napoleon's head for "Two Millions" in gold coins, (the secret appropriation Jefferson sought from Congress for the purchase). On the right dances a man with orders from French minister Talleyrand and maps of Florida in his hand.

Date:
1804
Original Format:
Cartoon
Item#:
1800.0017
Height:
907px
Width:
1269px
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