Who doesn't enjoy a good satirical print now and then? The Charles Peirce Collection of Social and Political Caricatures and Ballads brings together a range of fabulous prints published in London during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. This was a golden age of caricature as these risible items were often displayed in a variety of settings, becoming increasingly popular with Londoners. Interestingly enough, Charles Peirce was a well-regarded New Hampshire bookseller who bound a set of these items in 1807. This collection eventually found its way to the American Antiquarian Society, and this website lets visitors peruse all 65 prints from Peirce's volume. The items are contained in five folders here and visitors can also search the entire collection. First-time users might do well to look over the "Folder 45-60" section, which contains items like "A Triffling Mistake!!" and "The Pious Coachman!!"


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