Hartford Convention cartoon


Immigrant Scottish artist William Charles (1776-1820) created this biting political cartoon titled Hartford Convention or Leap no Leap to mock the convention. It depicts Massachusetts radical Timothy Pickering praying at center, Massachusetts pulling Rhode Island and Connecticut toward the jump at left, and King George III of Great Britain encouraging them to jump into his arms. Charles’s cartoon was published at Philadelphia by Samuel Kennedy in 1814. (Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)