cartoonscham Description: Gold Rush cartoons published in Paris in 1849
Artist: CHAM
Medium: Lithograph
Narrative: In 1849, Parisians first greeted the news of California’s gold deposits with disbelief and humor. The unusual happenings precipitated by the Gold Rush did not escape the satirical pen of one of France’s foremost cartoonists, Comte Amédé de Noé, known as CHAM.

We see through his eyes and cartoons how the French viewed California, based on the few reports they received from their consul in California, based on news items in American newspapers, and on a lot of fanciful ideas that floated around France about California’s “tropical” climate and fauna –such as crocodiles!

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