[The massacre at New Orleans]
Cartoon shows President Andrew Johnson "as a king, crowned and in velvet and ermine. His alleged royalist ambition had been the theme of much Radical rhetoric." Nast is attacking Johnson because he and others blamed Johnson for causing the July 1866 race riot that occurred in New Orleans when police shot and killed many African American delegates at a Radical Republicans convention.
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Signed, lower right: Th. Nast.
Bequest and gift; Caroline and Erwin Swann; 1974; (DLC/PP-1974:232.1625)
One of five surviving paintings from Thomas Nast's Grand Caricaturama a humorous account of American history involving real persons and symbolic characters. Nast created 33 paintings, each approximately 8 x 12 feet, for display on a stage as a moving panorama accompanied by an explanatory talk and piano songs. The performances in New York City and Boston received a highly favorable popular response.
Published in: Catalogue of Th. Nast's Grand Caricaturama, 1867, no. 11.
Published in: Nast, Thomas. Five Paintings from Th. Nast's Grand Caricaturama. Introduction and commentary by Lloyd Goodrich. New York: Swann Collection of Caricature and Cartoon, 1970, p. 24.
Public domain stock photos of New Orleans, LA.