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The olympus of corruption - "Apollo strikes the lyre and charms the gods" / Gillam.

The olympus of corruption - "Apollo strikes the lyre and charms the gods" / Gillam.



Illustration shows James G. Blaine as Apollo playing a lyre labeled "N.Y. Tribune" fashioned from the body of Whitelaw Reid, before a gathering of the gods on Olympus; among those present are Cyrus Field as Mercury, George M. Robeson as Neptune, Charles A. Dana as Minerva, Jay Gould as Zeus, T.C. Platt, Robert G. Ingersoll, and R.B. Hayes as angels, Chauncey Depew, W.H. Vanderbilt as Pluto, Russell Sage, William W. Phelps, John Roach as Vulcan, Stephen B. Elkins as Dionysus, Keifer as Hercules, John A. Logan as Mars, Benjamin F. Butler as Venus, Stephen W. Dorsey and Thomas J. Brady as putti, and John Kelly as an owl.
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Illus. from Puck, v. 16, no. 396, (1884 October 8), centerfold.
Copyright 1884 by Keppler & Schwarzmann.

Alois Senefelder, the inventor of lithography, introduced the subject of colored lithography in 1818. Printers in other countries, such as France and England, were also started producing color prints. The first American chromolithograph—a portrait of Reverend F. W. P. Greenwood—was created by William Sharp in 1840. Chromolithographs became so popular in American culture that the era has been labeled as "chromo civilization". During the Victorian times, chromolithographs populated children's and fine arts publications, as well as advertising art, in trade cards, labels, and posters. They were also used for advertisements, popular prints, and medical or scientific books.





Gillam, Bernhard, 1856-1896, artist


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