One page from the May 4, 1861 issue of Harper's Weekly, with an ensemble of cartoons joking about music and and the military. Captioned "The Music for the Times" (one month after the outbreak of the Civil War), the drawings show "a Verdi stockade," "Musical artillery firing a 40 crochetter," "The Maestro conducting a siege in person," "Grand charge of Tromboners," "Orchestral lancers a la Verdi," and an "Organ-ized guard of grinders." On the lower half of the page, another cartoon reacts to the popularity of Wilkie Collins' 1859 novel The Woman in White. Very fine. 11 x 16 inches (28.3 x 40.5 cm).