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Title
Panorama of Humbug. No. 1 Panorama of Humbug. No. 1
Type
Still Image
Subject
Lind, Jenny, 1820-1887.
Barnum, P. T. (Phineas Taylor), 1810-1891.
Ticket offices--New York (State)--New York--1850.
Stages (Platforms)--1850.
Crowds--New York (State)--New York--1850.
Streets--New York (State)--New York--1850.
Street lights--New York (State)--New York--1850.
City & town life--New York (State)--New York--1850.
Genre Form
print
graphic
graphic
Political cartoons--1850.
Lithographs--1850.
Language
English
Identified By
Lccn: 2004665373
Color Content
black and white
Note
Forms part of: Popular graphic art print filing series (Library of Congress).
Summary
The artist parodies the extravagant publicity campaign conducted by showman Phineas T. Barnum for the series of American concerts by Swedish songstress Jenny Lind, which he produced in the autumn of 1850. On a small platform, beneath a massive banner with the image of Jenny Lind holding a fan and nightingale (a reference to her nickname "the Swedish nightingale"), stand a youth who is half white and half black, a showman, and a man throwing out handbills. The platform is erected outside a ticket office, and sits over a small orchestra pit with musicians blowing wind instruments with the names of several New York newspapers, including the "Tribune, Herald, Express," and "Courier and Enquirer." While a satanic figure to the left beats a drum, the showman shouts to the crowd around him: "Walk of [changed in manuscript to "up"] Ladies & Gentlemen and see the greatest wonder of the age--the Real Swedish Nightingale, the only specimen in the Country." Inside the ticket office stands Barnum himself, quietly watching from the shadows. His Museum on Broadway can be seen in the background. Jenny Lind's first American concert was given in New York on October 24, 1850. Source: Reilly.
Authorized Access Point
Schaus, W. (William), Panorama of Humbug. No. 1