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Wake up, Colonel, look who's stealing your thunder!
  • Ruth Harris Bohan
    1891–1981
    born: Petersburg, Illinois, United States ; died: Kansas City, Kansas, United States ; active: United States
  • Wake up, Colonel, look who's stealing your thunder!, 1930–1950
  • Where object was made: United States
  • charcoal on paper
  • Object Height/Width: 489 x 319 mm
    Object Height/Width: 19 1/4 x 12 9/16 in
    Mat Dimensions: 25 x 20 in
  • Bequest of Ruth H. Bohan
  • Not on display
  • 1983.0187
Description

A man sits slouched in a chair on a porch, while an anthropomorphized donkey wearing a suit points to a circus procession occurring behind them. A wide brimmed hat lies on the floor next to the seated figure. The hat is labeled "Southern Democacy". The circus line contains an elephant carries a howdah on its back. The cloth hanging over the elephant's body reads "GOP Circus". The canopy of the howdah reads "States' Rights". A horse or donkey led carriage follows the elephant.