OSU’s Cartoon Research Library shows rare political editorial cartoons

The Cartoon Research Library at Ohio State will have 30 rare political prints from 1830-1840.

This exhibition features thirty lithographed political prints from the 1830s and 1840s, which are recent acquisitions of the Cartoon Research Library, purchased with support from the William J. Studer endowment. Twenty-seven of the prints were issued by H.R. Robinson, the leading publisher of political cartoons during this time period. They were drawn by different artists including E.W. Clay and Napoleon Sarony. This extraordinary collection illustrates the surge in the creation and distribution of political cartoon broadsides made possible by the relative ease and speed of the new print-making process of lithography. Drawn on Stone is curated by Jenny Robb, visiting assistant curator at the Cartoon Research Library. She and Professor Charles Massey, Jr. will present an illustrated lecture about these very rare lithographs on March 8 at 5:30 p.m. in room 210 of the Thompson Library. Refreshments will be served and the lecture, which is co-sponsored by Friends of the Libraries, is free and open to the public.

The exhbit runs through March 19, 2006.