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Box 11

David Claypoole Johnston
Slavery Volumes, Miscellaneous Information

 


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Box 11 Folder 1: Johnston, David Claypoole (1799-1865). Outlines Illustrative of The Journal; bound engravings. (23.5 x 15.5 cm). 1835.

Booklet of bound engravings illustrating the Journal of Fanny Kemble catalog record available here. Note on reverse reads: Note: Persons possessing the Journal may render its pages more interesting and intelligible by ‘cutting up’ the following illustrations, and transferring them to their proper places. The doted line surrounding each print, marks the size of the page, and will serve as a guide in the process of exscissorization.” Eight engraved plates depict various scenes from the Fanny Kemble journal; surrounding the images are dotted lines for the engravings to be cut out and placed in the proper place within the Kemble journal. Citations are included in the bottom right of each illustration. Images are satirical of Kemble and her family on their tour of the United States and illustrate such scenes as “Hoboken Turtle Club Engaged in Spoon Exercise” featuring an outdoor scene with numerous men eating turtle soup while large bowls with turtles on their exterior. Second scene is the inside of a theatre titled “A London Audience getting up in Compliment to ‘My Dear Father’ featuring an actor playing Hamlet on a stage; men and women are leaving”; third plate features an interior scene at a dining room table titled “Alimentiveness” where Kemble is eating oysters with several men; a man is carrying in another oyster over his shoulder; fourth plate is titled “Beastly Covetiness” with an image of Kemble on a couch with two dogs licking her face; there are books surrounding her and framed prints and artwork on the wall; fifth plate is titled “Refreshing Effects of Champagne & Plum Cake” featuring numerous people and horses getting sick; sixth plate is titled “Great Theatrical Attraction or any port in a storm” featuring a crowd of people outside a box office fighting trying to get up the stairs; there are also dogs and cats pouring down from the sky; seventh plate is “Scene Ladies Cabin Steamer; Charles Carroll – Shelving an Unruly Young Gentleman” featuring a woman being attacked by a young child and numerous women crowded around the scene some look sick and fatigued; eighth and final plate is titled “Scene Last Un Tableau-vivant or a picturesque group by the Whole Stage Company” illustrating a trip to Niagara Falls with an overturned carriage exposing the books and luggage of the Kemble family.

 


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Box 11 Folder 2 Tatham, David, John Sullivan and others. [Scholarly articles on D.C. Johnston and miscellaneous information]; photocopies. Various dates.

Several scholarly articles on Johnston. “Jackson Caricatured: Two Historical Errors” by John Sullivan in the Spring 1972 issue of Tennessee Historical Quarterly. “David Claypoole Johnston’s Book Illustrations: a revised and Augmented list” compiled by David Tatham by Syracuse University Library Associates 1977 “D.C. Johnston’s Pictorialization of Vernacular Humor in Jacksonian America” by David Tatham in American Speech: 1600 to Present The Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife: Annual Proceedings 1983. Also included are three nineteenth century items. An article from the Boston Daily Advertiser for April 12, 1855 “Committee of Inquiry” regarding the Convent Committee political cartoon. A photocopy of the title page of A Mess of Salmagundi for Moral Laughing Philosophers and a copy of The Life and Adventures of Henry Smith the celebrated Razor Strop Man; Johnston’s engravings appear on several pages on the inside of the text. Also included are photocopies of the Lilly, Wait and Colman Broadside (original added to the Graphic Arts Broadside Collection R38 Section D Drawer 3) and the Hollis Granite Company Share Certificate (original added to the Stock Certificates Collection), Gift of David Tatham, 2010.

 

 

 


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Box 11 Folder 3.1 Johnston, David Claypoole (1799-1865) attributed. [Frontispiece for Mammon; or, Covetousness the sin of the Christian church]; engraving. (15.5 x 9.5 cm). 1837.

Interior scene featuring a bald man at a desk; in front of him are piles of coins and pen and ink; he is writing with a quill in a book. There is a pile of books on the floor. Visible through the window behind him is a woman knocking on a front door. Catalog record of item available here. Image is signed beneath “Pendleton Boston”.

 

 


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Box 11 Folder 3.2 Johnston, David Claypoole (1799-1865) attributed. [Slaves at Auction]; page of a magazine. (28 x 20 cm). 1967.

Page from a June 6, 1967 issue of an unknown periodical; reproduced in the upper right hand corner is a copy of the image “Slaves at Auction” from the Art Museum of Princeton University. The image features a broadside on a pole advertising the auction and several slaves surrounding it; a mother with two children and two slaves on a bench frowning. Text borders the image.

 

 

 

 


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Box 11 Folder 3.3 Johnston, David Claypoole (1799-1865). [Meg Merriles and Dominic Sampson]; reference photograph. (28 x 23 cm). No date.

Photograph with additional pencil detailing of an illustration “Dominic Sampson and Meg Merrilies” [note is from Sir Walter Scott’s Guy Mannering Vol. 2 cha 13] image features an interior scene with a woman to the right in layers of clothing grabbing a man seated on a stool, his hat and cane are on the stone floor; behind him is laundry on a clothesline. See additional images in Box 12 Folder 33 and Box 8 Folder 6.

 

 

 


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Box 11 Folder 3.4 Johnston, David Claypoole (1799-1865). A pair of champions covered with glory; photograph. (19.5 x 24.5 cm). No date.

Bust portraits of two men side by side; both have close- cropped hair; the man to the left has a large nose and round face, and narrow eyes; the man to the right has large jowls and a swollen mouth; the men appear to be pugilists or boxers. Text at bottom reads “A pair of champions covered with glory” and in the lower right initials “DCJ”.

 

 


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Box 11 Folder 3.5 Johnston, David Claypoole (1799-1865). [Frontispiece for Conversations on Common Things by Dorothea Dix]; photocopy. (21.5 x 28 cm). [1826].

Photocopy of the title page and engraved frontispiece of Conversations on Common Things; or Guide to Knowledge with Questions. Frontispiece features an allegorical scene with a woman in robes pointing to items before her; her arm is wrapped around the shoulders of a young child. The items in front of them include plants, a globe, a basket a clock and mathematical equipment. “D.C. Johnston Sc.” Appear in the lower right.

 

 

 


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Box 11 Folder 3.6 Johnston, David Claypoole (1799-1865). [Reproduction of ‘A Militia Muster’]; print proof. (9.5 x 17 cm). ca. 1895.

Bordered version of “A Militia Muster” with numerous men lined up; to the right is a captain or admiral saying “Right Dress”; many of those in the line up are wearing hats and everyday clothing and carrying guns or poking each other with military equipment. Note on reverse reads “Proof of Print from History of Berlin” by William A. Houghton 1895 page 141”

 

 


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Box 11 Folder 3.7 Johnston, David Claypoole (1799-1865). [Reproduction of “Matthews’ Militia Muster Folk”]; photocopy. (21.5 x 28 cm). No date.

Satirical scene with numerous men lined up; some carry military equipment; one carries a drawn sword and one carries an umbrella; they are disorganized and facing different directions; underneath some of them is a sleeping pig and several of the men are barefoot; to the right are two men approaching the scene on horseback; to the left are two caricatures of African Americans. There are several conversation bubbles in the sky. Image is called “Matthews’ Militia Muster Folk New York Invincibles” owned by Annemary Brown Memorial, Brown University.

 

 

 

 


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Box 11 Folder 3.8 District of Massachusetts, District Clerk’s Office. [Copyright certificate for a Militia Drill 30 Years ago]; text and manuscript form. (35 x 20.5 cm). 1862.

Copyright form which records the Copy-right law of 1831. Form is from the District of Massachusetts District Clerk’s Office. Filled out the 6th of November 1862 for D.C. Johnston who deposited the title of a print on the “A Militia Drill Thirty Years Ago” Note: item has been folded several times and features an embossed stamp. Note: see image of Militia Drill in Box 4 Folder 3.2.

 

 

 

 


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Box 11 Folder 3.9 Johnston, David Claypoole (1799-1865). [Reproduction of A New Method of Macaroni Making as Practised [sic] at Boston]; photocopy from a catalog. (22 x 15 cm). 1937.

Two lithographed prints followed by explanatory text. Prints depict a pair of British mezzotints published in London in 1774 where a man is tarred and feathered before a gallows and in another image where he is in front of the Liberty Tree having liquid poured into his mouth while being held by a crowd of men. Prints were lithographed by D.C. Johnston for Pendleton in 1830.

 


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Box 11 Folder 3.10 Johnston, David Claypoole (1799-1865). [Reproduction and description of Panacea Mania]; photocopy. (28 x 21.5 cm). No date.

Image and text describing Panacea Mania. Top depicts the political cartoon where a crow of people are lined up for medication attention; there are numerous men and women lined up and a dog vomiting; there is a bust of Hippocrates on the floor and numerous medicine bottles to the left; text at bottom transcribes the conversation balloons which the characters are saying. See similar images in Box 12 Folders 1-2

 

 

 


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Box 11 Folder 3.11 Johnston, David Claypoole (1799-1865). [Mechanical Drawing School Broadside]; photocopy of broadside. (28 x 21.5 cm). 1852.

Photocopy of a broadside describing D.C. Johnston teacher of Drawing &c for a Mechanical Drawing School. The sheet describes the lessons for an Evening School instruction and discusses drawing curricula for prospective students. Note: original broadside in AAS collection.

 

 

 

 

Box 11 Folder 4 Johnston, David Claypoole (1799-1865). Slavery (Voluntary) as it Exists North, South, East and West. pencil. Images: (10.5 x 16.5 cm) mounted on cardstock: (30 x 36 cm). before 1871.

Fourteen sketches mounted on cardstock; two sketches are not mounted and are reversed.

 

 


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Box 11 Folder 4.1 “Title Page” for “Slavery (Voluntary) as it exists North South East and West.” Featuring a man sitting atop a barrel of “Rum”; he has his head in his hands and is chained to the barrel. Image is signed in the lower right “DC Johnston”.

 

 


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Box 11 Folder 4.2 “Slave altar. Slaves at their devotions” with an image of numerous men kneeling and praying before four raised stacked barrels in the center; the barrels are labeled “Brandy” “Whiskey” “Gin” and “Rum”; in the distance are numerous bottles, jugs and barrels. See reversed image in Box 11 Folder 4.15.

 

 

 


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Box 11 Folder 4.3 “Scene in a slave pen (i.e.) a bar-room” image features the interior of a bar room; there are numerous people seated in chairs; a man to the right is sleeping; some of the men are talking and some are arguing. In the distance is a bar and prints of horses and boxers on the wall; a clock reads “9:00”.


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Box 11 Folder 4.4 “Termination of a scene in the slave pen” image features a bar room brawl where numerous people are fighting and one man holds a bottle in the air; one man has a knife drawn; the clock reads “12:15”; several of the tables are overturned and a policeman is entering through a door to the left.


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Box 11 Folder 4.5 “Slaves taken from the pen to the lock-up” image features the interior of a jail cell; there are six men seated; several have their head in their hands, some are sleeping and one is lying on the floor; there is a central table with a jug on it and a barred window.


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Box 11 Folder 4.6 “The slave’s return home from the slave pen” image featuring the interior of a domestic scene of a bedroom; a woman is sitting on the floor holding a baby in her arms; the man is grabbing a little boy by the hair. There is a clothes dresser to the left and a bed. The man is overturning a basket.


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Box 11 Folder 4.7 “The slave convicted of murder by a jury composed in part of slaves” image features the interior of a courtroom; to the left is a man on a raised platform, possibly a judge or lawyer. To the right is a man in handcuffs looking down; in front of him is a man with a pole or gun; there are numerous men seated in rows in the audience watching. See reversed image in Box 11 Folder 4.16.

 


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Box 11 Folder 4.8 “Execution of a slave – in the presence of many slaves, for the murder of a slave” image features an execution scene with a crowd of people watching including several on trees and the roofs of houses in the distance. Central in the scene on the gallows, is a handcuffed man and an additional man putting noose around his neck.

 


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Box 11 Folder 4.9 “Attack of delirium tremens or horrors” image features the interior or a room; there is a man to the right with his arm raised he is being restrained by a man and a woman; coming towards the man from the left are numerous creatures and demons.


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Box 11 Folder 4.10 “Escape of slavery by way of delirium tremens” image features the interior of a bedroom; a man is asleep on the bed; a woman is kneeling before him her back towards the viewer; there is a dresser, mirror and clothes closet in the room.


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Box 11 Folder 4.11 “Escape from slavery by poison” image features the interior of a room with a table; on the table is a knife, a gun and a hat; leaning against the table is a man looking up and overturning a small bottle; to the left is a chaise and there is framed artwork on the wall.

 


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Box 11 Folder 4.12 “The highly respectable (i.e. wealthy) slave of three-score years enjoy the fruits of his past devout life” image features the interior of a bedroom; central in the scene is a man with gout seated in a padded chair with his foot on a foot rest; to his right is a table with numerous medicinal items on it. Behind is cabinet with bottles and to the right a bed with draperies.

 


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Box 11 Folder 4.13 “A pen for the accommodation of female slaves” features the interior of a “Confectionary Cordial &c” shop; there are numerous females seated at small with tall glasses; several of the females are on the arms of men. A waitress is speaking to a couple to the right.

 


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Box 11 Folder 4.14 “About to escape from slavery by railroad (not the underground) no uncommon occurrence among slaves.” Featuring an image of a man with his head on train tracks and a bottle to his chest; coming from the left is a train; the scene includes numerous trees and rocks.

 


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Box 11 Folder 4.15 “Worship at the altar of the mighty alcohol” image features numerous men kneeling and praying before an alter made up of four barrels of brandy, gin, rum and whisky. See similar image in Box 11 Folder 4.2. Note on reverse reads: “Last […] in Slavery Folio drawn by my Grandfather David Johnston Mrs. Mary E. Donovan”; also included is a note from Edward Morrill and Sons Books and Prints from Boston on the item.

 


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Box 11 Folder 4.16 [Courtroom scene]; image illustrating the interior of a courtroom; to the right is a raised platform with three men, one seated; to the left is a man with his head down a guard stands in front of him. There are numerous men seated in rows looking on. See similar image in Box 11 Folder 4.7.

 


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Box 11 Folder 4.17 Johnston, David Claypoole (1799-1865). [Slavery (Voluntary) as it Exists North, South, East and West];unmounted proof photographs. (14.5 x 19.5 cm). 1871.

A set of fourteen photographic proofs unbound and unmounted; likely preparatory for the published version of Slavery (Voluntary) as it Exists North, South, East and West. Images parallel those in Box 11 Folders 4.1-17.

 


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Box 11 Bound volumes 1 & 2 Johnston, David Claypoole (1799-1865). [Slavery (Voluntary) as it Exists North, South, East and West];mounted photographs. Photographs: (10.5 x 17 cm) mounted on cardstock: (28 x 35.5 cm). 1871.

Two sets of mounted photographs with captions; papers are loosely bound in a portfolio cover. Images and text parallel those for Box 11 Folders 4.1-17. Instead of text being handwritten it is typeset. Note: title page includes imprint “Entered accordingly to Act of Congress, in the year 1871, by John B. Johnston, in the office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.”


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