by Evarts, William M.
1872. Impressive Caricature of One of the Great American Lawyer-Statesmen of the Nineteenth Century [Evarts, William M. (1818-1901)]. [Caricature of Evarts]. N.p., S.n., c.1872. 14-1/4" x 11-1/4" engraved woodcut caricature of Evarts by "Wiist" mounted on 21" x 17" board, clipped autograph signature of Evarts mounted below image. Moderate toning, light soiling and a few minor stains, light rubbing and a few small chips to edges of board, a few tiny nicks to image, horizontal fold line through its center. $350. * Removed from a periodical, this impressive caricature depicts one of the most important American lawyer-statesmen of the nineteenth century. Renowned for skills as a litigator, Evarts played leading roles in three of the most important causes of his day: the impeachment of President Johnson, the Alabama Claims (Geneva Arbitration) and the contest before the electoral commission to settle the presidential election of 1876. Our caricature relates to the Alabama Claims, so it was probably drawn and published in 1872, the year the claims were settled. Evarts stands on a book titled Alabama Claims, five other books are placed or propped up against an adjacent table. Three of them refer to the Alabama Case, one refers to his role in the Johnson impeachment and one, Life of William H. Seward, probably refers to his support of Seward's presidential candidacy in 1860.
(Inventory #: 71264)