New York. Puck Magazine.
Color lithograph, sheet size 10 x 13 inches, several repaired short tears to two edges, image in very good condition. "In both graphics and commentary Beecher was often coupled with Thomas DeWitt Talmage, whose sensational preaching style brought overflow crowds to the Central Presbyterian Church, twice rebuilt as the Brooklyn Tabernacle. They are pictured, for instance, in "The Rival Revivals," in which Beecher marches arm-in-arm with a flirtatious lady dressed in red, white, and blue, while Talmage, who marches on stilts, is surrounded by signs like "The Standard of Acrobatic Religion Must be Raised," and "Gymnastics and Religion Hand in Hand.” Puck's perspective was that the revivals were unsuccessful: the two are shown sitting sadly together at the "Failure of the Brooklyn Revival Business" and being knocked out at the "Tournament of Sensationalism” because of their old and effete methods." (See An Iconic Image: Henry Ward Beecher in Puck Magazine by Patricia Marks at the website christianityandliteratureblog September 25, 2018). Item #56012