HON. HERSCHEL V. JOHNSON. Democratic Candidate for Vice President of the United States.
Stephen A. Douglas’s Running Mate in 1860

HON. HERSCHEL V. JOHNSON. Democratic Candidate for Vice President of the United States.

New York: Currier & Ives, 1860. Item #843

Folio.  435 x 320 mm., [17 x 12 ½  inches]; image size 320 x 230 mm., [12 ½ x 10 inches].  Color lithographic portrait, printed in black ink and hand colored in two colors and highlights of black.  Some light discoloration to margins, otherwise a very good copy with strong color.


Fine designed and executed lithographic political portrait of Johnson, highlighted with delicate rendering of the hair, eyes and beard.  It was printed by Currier & Ives, the partnership which Nathaniel Currier formed with James Merritt Ives in 1857.  Currier was in charge of the lithographic presses and all the production values and Ives was the bookkeeper and accountant who modernize the financial side to the business and had a keen sense of the market and the public taste for prints.


Herschel Vespasian Johnson was the Democratic candidate for Vice-President from George who was meant to balance the ticket with Stephen Douglas his running mate.  Johnson was member of Congress, both in the House and the Senate, Governor of George and a slaveholder who, according to census data owned over 100 slaves who worked his land holdings in various part of Johnson County George.  He was brought to the Democratic ticket to insure that Southern votes would pledge allegiance to the party and defeat Lincoln and the Republicans.


Appleton’s Cyclopaedia of American Biography, III, p., 443.  Jane Cooper Bland, Currier & Ives, A Manual for Collectors, No. 1850.  (843)

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Price: $300.00