Life in Philadelphia

Item Info

Item No: pdcc00169
Title: Life in Philadelphia
Media Type: Scrapbooks
Source: Print and Picture Collection

E. W. Clay's Life in Philadelphia was a series of fourteen cartoons produced between 1828 and 1830 caricaturing Philadelphia's free Black population. The aquatint engravings featured racist depictions of African Americans in a variety of situations about town. Appealing to the prevailing anti-abolitionist sentiment of the times, their influence extended to other cities in America and abroad.

Cartoon drawn by E. W. Clay. Etched by Charles Hunt. Published in London by Harrison Isaacs, Charles Street, Soho Square. Caption: "Have you any flesh coloured silk stockings, young man? Oui Madame! here is von pair of de first qualitie!"



Creation Year: ca. 1828
Call Number: A917.481 P536 v.3
Creator Name: Clay, Edward Williams, 1799-1857 - Artist
Hunt, Charles, active 1825-1857 - Engraver
Castner, Samuel, Jr., 1843-1929 - Compiler