Political Cartoon, "Honest Abe Taking Them on the Half Shell," 1860

Currier & Ives1860

The Henry Ford

The Henry Ford
Dearborn, MI, United States

This political cartoon for the 1860 presidential campaign depicts Abraham Lincoln, the fledgling Republican Party presidential candidate, handily taking on rival candidates while eating at the "Political Oyster House". He was facing three other presidential hopefuls. Northern Democrats turned to Stephen Douglas of Illinois, while southern Democrats selected John C. Breckenridge of Kentucky. In addition, John Bell of Tennessee, was a third party choice.


  • Title: Political Cartoon, "Honest Abe Taking Them on the Half Shell," 1860
  • Creator: Currier & Ives
  • Date Created: 1860
  • Location: United States, New York, New York
  • Subject Keywords: Douglas, Stephen A. (Stephen Arnold), 1813-1861, Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865, Breckinridge, John C. (John Cabell), 1821-1875, Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ), Presidential elections, Political candidates, United States presidents, Prints (Visual works), Political cartoons, Lithographs
  • Type: Documents
  • Contributor: The Henry Ford
  • Original Source: Digital Collections
  • Object Name: Print (Visual work)
  • Object ID: 26.93.38
  • Image ID: THF11606
  • Credit: From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Get the app

Explore museums and play with Art Transfer, Pocket Galleries, Art Selfie, and more


Google apps