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Lot 189

Congressional Pugilists engraving, second state

Estimate: $800 - $1,200
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Congressional Pugilists engraving, second state of the original plate, depicting a fight that broke out on the floor of Congress on February 15th, 1798, between Federalist Roger Griswold and Jeffersonian Republican Matthew Lyon, after Griswold personally insulted Lyon ultimately resulting in a brawl between Lyon, armed with a wooden cane and Griswold with a set of fireplace tongs, a number of onlookers are present, including Speaker Jonathan Dayton, Clerk Jonathan W. Condy, and Chaplain Ashbel Green, each identified in the plate, the bottom reads He in a trice struck Lyon thrice, Upon his head, enrag'd sir, Who seiz'd the tongs to ease his wrongs, And Griswold thus engaged, sir, 17 inscribed in pencil, top right, 10" x 12".


Very good condition, a few very faint handling marks, framed between two panes of glass

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