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"Dancing for Eels in the Charleston Market"

Topic:
Stephen Douglas and the Democrats
Source:
Vanity Fair
Cartoonist:
Unknown
Date:
April 21, 1860, p. 265
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The artistic inspiration for this Vanity Fair cartoon is a well-known lithograph first produced in 1848 by James and Eliphalet Brown to advertise Frank Chan Frauís popular play "New York As It Is." There are slightly different versions of the lithograph, which is entitled "Jack, A Negro and Dancer for Eels" or simply "Dancing for Eels." The lithograph is based on an earlier folk drawing called "Dancing for Eels, 1820 Catharine Market."
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