Collection Items

  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Animal magnetism 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 29.2 x 39.6 cm. (image) | A swipe at President Van Buren's independent treasury system and his continuation of the monetary policies of predecessor Andrew Jackson. The artist, clearly in sympathy with the Whigs, links corruption in the federal customs and postal systems with the sub-treasury system, whereby federal funds were to be retained by the...
    • Contributor: Childs, J. (John) - Clay, Edward Williams
    • Date: 1839
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Notice to quit. March 4th 1841 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 32.6 x 24.1 cm. (image) | An optimistic Whig artist (probably Edward Williams Clay) portrays Martin Van Buren's evacuation of the White House on Inauguration Day 1841. A disgruntled Van Buren descends the steps, muttering "Our sufferings is intolerable! D--n his hard cider how it works me!" He carries his "Subtreasury Bill" under his arm. He...
    • Contributor: Childs, J. (John) - Clay, Edward Williams
    • Date: 1840
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Going up Salt River 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 30.1 x 37.2 cm. (image) | Political cartoons friendly to Van Buren were the rare exception during the 1840 campaign. Here the artist parodies the exploitation by Whig politicians of populist candidate William Henry Harrison. Martin Van Buren stands on the bank of a stream wishing the Harrison party "a quick voyage, take care you dont...
    • Contributor: Childs, J. (John) - Clay, Edward Williams
    • Date: 1840
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    The almighty lever 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 35 x 45.7 cm. (image) | E. W. Clay's apocalyptic allegory has public opinion as a giant lever, tilting decisively in favor of the Whigs late in the presidential campaign of 1840. In a symbolic landscape masses of people climb onto the lever, which then nudges the great ball of "Loco Focoism" over a precipice. In...
    • Contributor: Childs, J. (John) - Clay, Edward Williams
    • Date: 1840
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Fanny Elssler and the Baltimoreans 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 31.4 x 44.3 cm. (image) | A scornful look at the reception of German ballerina Fanny Elssler in Baltimore. The New York artist ridicules the adulation given the touring performer by the Baltimore public. During her July 1840 visit there, an enthusiastic group of young men removed the horses from Elssler's carriage and pulled it through...
    • Contributor: Childs, J. (John) - Clay, Edward Williams
    • Date: 1840
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Matty's perilous situation up Salt River 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 35.1 x 49.2 cm. (image) | A pro-Whig satire on the presidential campaign of 1840. Martin Van Buren is neck-deep in the waters of "Salt River," a colloquial term for political misfortune or failure. He sinks under the weight of boxes marked "Tariff," "Hooe's Trial," "Negro Suffrage," "Sub Treasury," and "Standing Army of 200,000 Men," surmounted...
    • Contributor: Childs, J. (John) - Clay, Edward Williams
    • Date: 1840
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Cutting down the hickory tree and disturbing the crow's nest 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 42 x 34.1 cm. (image) | Figurative portrayal of Whig opposition to the independent treasury or subtreasury system conceived by Jackson and implemented by Van Buren and the Democrats. In a large tree is a nest labeled "Sub Treasury" in which sits an alarmed hen, Andrew Jackson, who says, "Woodman spare that tree!! By the Eternal...
    • Contributor: Childs, J. (John) - Clay, Edward Williams
    • Date: 1840
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    The ship of state on a lee shore, experienced hands coming to her rescue 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 32.7 x 45.7 cm. (image) | The artist forecasts a Whig electoral victory and dramatizes the politically ruinous effects of Van Buren's fiscal policy and his alignment with Loco Foco forces in New York. Whig candidate William Henry Harrison comes to the aid of a shipwrecked vessel, the "United States," and its crew of Democrats. Harrison,...
    • Contributor: Childs, J. (John) - Clay, Edward Williams
    • Date: 1840
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    The fox chace 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 33.3 x 44.5 cm. (image) | The artist's portrayal of Harrison's rout of Van Buren reflects strong Whig confidence late in the presidential campaign of 1840. Van Buren is shown as a fox, with a bird (an albatross?) labeled "Treasury" around his neck. He flees from a pack of barrel-trunked hounds, and from Whig senators Daniel...
    • Contributor: Childs, J. (John) - Clay, Edward Williams
    • Date: 1840
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    All the West going for Matty 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 32.5 x 45.2 cm. (sheet) | A Whig cartoon spoofing Democratic claims of Western support for Van Buren during the election of 1840. Pursued by animals from the "Alleghany Mountains" and the Mississippi River, including among others a buffalo, alligator, beaver, turtle, and fox, Van Buren flees to the right saying, "This is going for me...
    • Contributor: Childs, J. (John) - Clay, Edward Williams
    • Date: 1840
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    This is the house that Jack built 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 52.1 x 34 cm. (image) | The Van Buren administration's record, particularly with regard to the handling of public finances, is condemned as corrupt and a perpetuation of unpopular Jacksonian policies. The artist echoes perennial Whig charges of the Democrats' disregard for the Constitution and their autocratic style of governing. The nursery rhyme theme of "The...
    • Contributor: Childs, J. (John) - Clay, Edward Williams
    • Date: 1840
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Matty's dream 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 34 x 47.5 cm. (image) | Clay portrays Martin Van Buren driven from the White House by nightmares of cider barrels and Whig presidential challenger William Henry Harrison. Van Buren flees the presidential mansion in his nightshirt, dropping a purse on the steps behind him. He is pursued by the specter of a winged barrel of...
    • Contributor: Childs, J. (John) - Clay, Edward Williams
    • Date: 1840
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Pilgrims of the Rhine-O! 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 28.8 x 40.3 cm. (image) | Whig presidential candidate Winfield Scott and his party pursue an abolitionist course leading toward Salt River and political doom. New York senator and antislavery advocate William Seward appears as a poodle which leads the blindfolded Scott and his entourage of three asses with the heads of prominent abolitionists David Wilmot,...
    • Contributor: Childs, J. (John)
    • Date: 1852
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    The fish question settled 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 30.3 x 41.4 cm. (image) | A facetious, and somewhat racist, look at public opinion surrounding the controversy over American fishing rights in British-controlled waters off North America. (See also "John Bull's Fish Monopoly," no. 1852-4.) Four men, all stereotypes, debate the issue and agree on American claims to the rights. A Yankee (seated, far left)...
    • Contributor: Childs, J. (John) - Clay, Edward Williams
    • Date: 1852
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Social qualities of our candidate 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 27.3 x 35.3 cm. (image) | Reports of his alcoholism haunted Democratic candidate Franklin Pierce during the 1852 campaign. The matter is taken up here with mocking reference to the Maine Liquor Law of 1851, a landmark prohibition measure first passed in Maine and subsequently adopted in several other states. An obviously inebriated Pierce leans against...
    • Contributor: Childs, J. (John)
    • Date: 1852
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Eclipse & no eclipse or two views of one object 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 27 x 38 cm. (image) | Two scenes showing the differing perceptions of Franklin Pierce's stand on the issue of slavery, as viewed by the North and South. The cartoon is divided vertically by "Mason & Dixon's Line." An arrow identifies the left panel as the North and the right as the South. On the left,...
    • Contributor: Childs, J. (John)
    • Date: 1852
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Barn-burners in a fix 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 27.9 x 40 cm. (image) | A satire on the Barnburners, a radical faction of New York State Democrats, led by John Van Buren, whose commitment to social and monetary reforms was likened to a farmer's burning his barn to rid it of rats. Here the barn is ablaze, trapping several of the movement's leaders on...
    • Contributor: Childs, J. (John)
    • Date: 1852
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Loco Foco candidates travelling, on the canel system 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 32.3 x 38.7 cm. (image) | Several prospective Democratic presidential candidates travel along a canal in the "Salt River Barge," named after the proverbial river of political defeat. The passengers are (left to right): Lewis Cass, secretary of war William Marcy, Illinois senator Stephen A. Douglas, former secretary of state James Buchanan, and Texas senator Sam...
    • Contributor: Childs, J. (John)
    • Date: 1852
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    White Mountains in labour 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 28.8 x 38.9 cm. (image) | The artist belittles the Democrats' relatively undistinguished choice for presidential nominee in 1852, Franklin Pierce. The cartoon is based on Aesop's fable about the mountain which, being in labor, groaned so dreadfully as to arouse the attention of multitudes of onlookers, only to send forth a small mouse. Aesop so...
    • Contributor: Childs, J. (John)
    • Date: 1852
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Ornithology 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 29.3 x 37.0 cm. (image) | A mild election-year cartoon portraying Whig presidential candidate Winfield Scott (left) as a turkey and Democrat Franklin Pierce (right) as a gamecock. The two face each other from opposite sides of "Mason & Dixon's Line." Scott orders Pierce to "Get out the way fellow! I want the whole of the...
    • Contributor: Childs, J. (John) - Clay, Edward Williams
    • Date: 1852
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Quartette from the new opera of the "Whig celebration at Lundy's Lane." Tune "Will you come to the bower" 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 30.3 x 41.5 cm. (image) | Winfield Scott's controversial performance as commander in the War of 1812 battle at Lundy's Lane turned to account by the artist in this parody of the general's candidacy in 1852. The battle of Lundy's Lane against the British in Canada in 1814, considered by Scott a personal triumph, was in...
    • Contributor: Childs, J. (John) - Clay, Edward Williams
    • Date: 1852
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    A piercing piece of loco foco hocus pocus 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 30.8 x 41.2 cm. (image) | The title plays on Franklin Pierce's last name, at the expense of Whig presidential hopefuls Millard Fillmore, Winfield Scott, and Daniel Webster. The print was probably published shortly after the June 1852 Whig national convention, judging from the reference to Scott's nomination. The artist is critical of the Whig party's...
    • Contributor: Childs, J. (John) - Clay, Edward Williams
    • Date: 1852
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Experiments on the tight rope 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 28.9 x 40.7 cm. (image) | A figurative portrayal of Whig candidate Winfield Scott's failure in the 1852 presidential contest, attributed by the artist to his alliance with abolitionist interests. Scott is hoisted aloft via a pulley system by various influential supporters, including (left to right): an unidentified man, New York "Times" editor Henry J. Raymond,...
    • Contributor: Childs, J. (John) - Clay, Edward Williams
    • Date: 1852
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    John Bull's fish monopoly 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 28.3 x 40.7 cm. (image) | An anti-British satire, reflecting American enragement at Britain's tightening of restrictions on territorial waters open to American fishermen off the coast of Canada. In July 1852, England notified the United States of its intention, contrary to previous understandings, to curtail American fishing within a three-mile limit of the Canadian provinces,...
    • Contributor: Childs, J. (John) - Clay, Edward Williams
    • Date: 1852
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    A big blue bottle fly in the web 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 28.2 x 40 cm. (image) | Another swipe at Whig candidate Winfield Scott's manipulation by antislavery Whigs Seward and Greeley. Here, Scott is a fly caught in a large web, spun by spiders Greeley (left) and Seward (right). Scott exclaims, "I think I've got myself into a hobble!" Greeley, hanging from a thread, decides, "I must...
    • Contributor: Childs, J. (John) - Clay, Edward Williams
    • Date: 1852