A caricature of a brawl between two congressmen at Congress Hall: Roger Griswold of Connecticut (bearing the cane) and Matthew Lyon of Vermont (depicted as a lion, with the tongs), as their colleagues offer sarcastic commentary and the speaker calls for order. According to rumor, Lyon had been court-martialed during the Revolution and ordered to wear a wooden sword; here Lyon quips "My sword is good, though made of wood." One of two depictions of the event, along with the better-known "Congressional Pugilists." None found in OCLC or known at auction, though Goodspeed's offered one in 1921. Murrell, A History of American Graphic Humor, I:42-44; Snyder, City of Independence, 177 (citing the only other known copy at the Essex Institute). Provenance: Walter R. Benjamin Autographs.
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