After Thomas Worth (1834-1917) New York
Hand coloured lithograph
' As Kind as a Kitten ' depicting President Abraham Lincoln in the Darktown Series Published by Currier & Ives 1879 115, Nassau St . New York
8 1/2 x 12 3/4"
The prints in the Darktown Series feature the full array of negative stereotypes about American Blacks in the post-Civil War period and underscore the American tradition of reducing Blacks to buffoonish cartoon characters. As such, this rare compilation bears painful, vivid testimony of the racial attitudes of white, middle class Americans during this time. That the series was one of Currier & Ives' - "Printmakers to the People" - most popular speaks reams.