Bos Americanus

BOS AMERICANUS
Inventory
Collection Number: 
17117
Building: 
Current Location: 
Central - Men's Restroom
Floor: 
1st
Object Description
Artist: 
Artist Dates: 
1820 -1909
Artist Nationality: 
British
Object Type: 
Details: 
This is a reproduction print from the cover of the March 1877 edition of the Punch, or London Charavari, magazine.
Framed: 
Yes
Length: 
41 inches
Width: 
1 inch
Height: 
54.5 inches
Description: 

The Punch Magazine, or London Charavari, was a satirical British weekly magazine established in 1841. This large scale reproduction of the original cartoon depicts a caricature of an American Bull, mapped out into marketable cuts of meat, tossing a British butcher into the air. A knife sharpener and current prices of meat are splayed out around the butcher. Centered at the bottom of the piece are the words "'Bos Americanus;' or Yankee Beef and British Butcher." The work referenced the impact of British reliance on Northern American beef which increased during the 1870s. The hope had been that by importing beef from the United States that the price of beef in Britain would lower. Kansas City's robust cattle industry boomed as the demand for beef increased worldwide. To further emphasize the American-ness of the bull, Swain painted the bull's head blue and adorned it with white stars, it's neck is defined by red and white stripes.

Reproduce the Work in Library publications/publicity, including film or videotape: 
Yes
Make slides or videotapes for educational use: 
Yes
Permit the general public to photograph the work : 
Yes