The National Game. Three "Outs" and One "Run"

Currier & Ives, American, 1857 - 1907
Louis Maurer, American (born Germany), 1832 - 1932



Lithograph on wove paper

Sheet: 13 × 17 in. (33 × 43.2 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Sherman Adams, Class of 1920



Currier & Ives, New York


Place Made: United States, North America


19th century

Object Name


Research Area


Not on view


Inscribed, on stone, speech bubble, upper left: It appears to me very singular / that we three should strike "foul" / and be "put out" while old Abe / made such a "good lick".__ [John Bell]; inscribed, on stone, speech bubble, upper center: That's because he had / that confounded rail, to / strike with, I thought out / fusion would be a "short / stop" to his career. [Stephen Douglas]; inscribed, on stone, speech bubble, upper center: I guess I'd better leave for / Kentucky, for I smell some- / thing strong around here / and begin to think, that we / are completely "skunk'd." [John Breckinridge]; inscribed, on stone, speech bubble, upper right: Gentlemen, if any of you should / ever take a hand in another / match at this game, remember / that you must have "a good bat" and / strike a "fair ball" to make a "clean / score" & a "home run" [Abraham Lincoln]; inscribed, on stone, on belt and bat of John Bell, center left: UNION CLUB / FUSION.; inscribed, on stone, on belt and bat of Stephen Douglas, center: LITTLE GIANT C[LUB] / NON INTERVENTION.; inscribed, on stone, on belt and bat of John Breckinridge, center: NAT. DEM. CLUB / SLAVERY EXTENSION; inscribed, on stone, on belt and rail of Abraham Lincoln, center right: WIDE AWAKE C[LUB] / EQUAL RIGHTS AND FREE TERRITORY; inscribed, on stone, on base under Lincoln's foot, lower right: HOME BASE.; inscribed, on stone, lower center margin: Entered according to act of Congress in the year 1860, by Currier & Ives, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the Southern Dist.t [t in superscript] of N.Y.; inscribed, on stone, lower center: THE NATIONAL GAME. THREE "OUTS" AND ONE "RUN." / ABRAHAM WINNING THE BALL. / Published by Currier & Ives, 152 Nassau S.t [t in superscript] N.Y.; reverse, inscribed, in graphite, center: Bufford / Mch 4 - 68

Exhibition History

Lower Jewett Corridor, Hopkins Center Art Galleries, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, January-February, 1976.


Sherman Adams (1899-1986), Lincoln, New Hampshire; given to present collection, 1958.

Catalogue Raisonne

Conningham (1949): 4388; Gale Reserach (1983): 4766

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