Antique Panic of 1873 Stock Crash Banker Political Satire Cartoon Etching Cassius Marcellus Coolidge Kash

An original etching by Cassius Marcellus Coolidge (1844-1934), an American artist, mainly known for his series of paintings ‘Dogs Playing Poker’. Coolidge’s early jobs were creating cartoons for local newspapers. During the 19th century, he often signed his work as “Kash" or “Cash”.

The subject of this satirical political cartoon was a satire of the ‘Panic of 1873’. The Panic of 1873 was a financial crisis that triggered an economic depression in Europe and North America that lasted from 1873 to 1877/1879 in France and in Britain. The gentleman (possibly a bank president) is drawn with Donkey ears and fur as a criticism of inflationary proposals during the market downturn. He is reading a newspaper with the headline "STOCK DOWN, DOWN, DOWN..." 

Front: Signed ‘Kash’ on the plate. Inscribed ‘SS’ in pencil

Back: Inscribed ‘August 28 sale’ and 'Bank President' (on tape at the upper left)

A rich dark impression. No tape (on front), glue, attachment marks, or residue. No abrasions, scratches, folds, or creases indicating rolling or the like. Toning and 3 small holes. Pencil marks indicating the print position can be seen on the outer edges of the paper. Unframed.

Dimensions: Print: 2-5/8 by 3-1/8 in. Paper: 3-5/8 by 4-1/8 in