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    Cartoon Prints, American This assemblage of more than 500 prints made in America during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries encompasses several forms of political art. Most of the prints are from the division's PC/US series, which consists of individually cataloged political cartoons and caricatures. All of the prints meet two criteria: they were originally designed to express sentiments relating to civic life and government in the United...
    • Contributor: Baillie, James S. - Bucholzer, H. - Childs, John - Clay, Edward Williams - Currier, Nathaniel - Magee, John L. - Maurer, Louis - Robinson, Henry R. - Currier & Ives
    • Date: 1766

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  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    A very bad man 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 24.5 x 31.8 cm. (image) | The first of two prints formerly thought to be anti-Jackson satires, but actually dealing with the sensational trial of Methodist minister Ephraim K. Avery in May 1833 for the murder of Sarah Maria Cornell. (See also "A Minister Extraordinary...," no. 1833-14). Miss Cornell, a young and pregnant factory girl, was...
    • Contributor: Robinson, Henry R.
    • Date: 1833
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    The downfall of Mother Bank 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 23.2 x 33.7 cm. (image) | A pro-Jackson satire applauding the President's September 1833 order for the removal of federal deposits from the Bank of the United States. The combined opposition to this move from Bank president Nicholas Biddle, Senate Whigs led by Daniel Webster and Henry Clay, and the pro-Bank press are ridiculed. On the...
    • Contributor: Robinson, Henry R.
    • Date: 1833
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    A minister extraordinary taking passage & bound on a foreign mission to the court of his satanic majesty! 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 26.9 x 41 cm. (image) | The second of two prints surrounding the scandalous trial of Methodist minister Ephraim K. Avery for the brutal murder of factory girl Sarah Maria Cornell. (See "A Very Bad Man," no. 1833-13). Contrary to Weitenkampf's suggestion that the print relates to Andrew Jackson, it is actually visionary portrayal of Avery...
    • Contributor: Robinson, Henry R.
    • Date: 1833
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    The political barbecue 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 25.5 x 36.6 cm. (image) | Andrew Jackson is roasted over the fires of "Public Opinion" by the figure of Justice in a cartoon relating to the controversy surrounding Jackson's removal of federal deposits from the Bank of the United States. Jackson, with the body of a pig, is prone on a gridiron over a stone...
    • Contributor: Robinson, Henry R.
    • Date: 1834
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    On the way to Araby! 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 27.7 x 37.5 cm. (image) | Satire on the Jackson administration's continuing battle against the Bank of the United States. The print was specifically occasioned by the re-chartering of the Bank by the Whig-controlled Pennsylvania Legislature in defiance of the administration. The artist also ridicules the ambitions of Jackson's vice-president and would-be successor Martin Van Buren....
    • Contributor: Clay, Edward Williams - Robinson, Henry R.
    • Date: 1836
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Grand match between the Kinderhook poney and the Ohio ploughman 1 print : lithograph with watercolor on wove paper ; 27.5 x 44.5 cm. (image) | A satire on the presidential contest of 1836, using the metaphor of a billiards game between Whig candidate William Henry Harrison (left) and Democrat Martin Van Buren. The artist is clearly on the side of Harrison, whom he places beneath a portrait of George Washington, in opposition to...
    • Contributor: Clay, Edward Williams - Robinson, Henry R.
    • Date: 1836
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Set-to between the champion old tip & the swell Dutcheman of Kinderhook -- 1836 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 28.6 x 40.8 cm. (image) | Satire on the presidential campaign of 1836, portraying the contest as a boxing match between Democratic candidate Martin Van Buren and Whig candidate William Henry Harrison. The artist clearly favors Harrison. The work is a variation on an 1834 cartoon which uses the boxing match as a metaphor for the...
    • Contributor: Clay, Edward Williams - Robinson, Henry R.
    • Date: 1836
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    A gone case. A scene in Wall-Street 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 26.5 x 36.5 cm. (image) | A comic scene representing two New York city political factions, the Whigs and the radical Democrats (or "Loco Focos"), as scuffling newsboys. The scene takes place before the half-built Customs House, where several newsboys and a black chimney sweep are gathered watching a scrap involving a ragged youth selling "loco...
    • Contributor: Robinson, Henry R.
    • Date: 1836
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    General Jackson slaying the many headed monster 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 30.2 x 36.5 cm. (image) | A satire on Andrew Jackson's campaign to destroy the Bank of the United States and its support among state banks. Jackson, Martin Van Buren, and Jack Downing struggle against a snake with heads representing the states. Jackson (on the left) raises a cane marked "Veto" and says, "Biddle thou Monster...
    • Contributor: Robinson, Henry R.
    • Date: 1836
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    The celeste-al cabinet 1 print : lithograph with watercolor on wove paper ; 33.3 x 48.1 cm. (image) | A mild satire on Jackson and his Cabinet, portraying in imaginative terms a White House reception of popular French dancer and actress Madame Celeste. Seated in chairs in a White House parlor are six cabinet members. In the center Jackson sits behind a table, as "Door Keeper" Jimmy...
    • Contributor: Hoffay, A. A. - Robinson, Henry R.
    • Date: 1836
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Political race course - Union Track - fall races 1836 1 print : lithograph. | A figurative portrayal -- clearly sympathetic to the Whig party -- of the 1836 presidential election contest as a horse race between four candidates. The four are identified in the legend as (left to right): "Old Tippecanoe" (William Henry Harrison), "The Kinderhook Poney" (Martin Van Buren), "Black Dan of Massachusetts" (Daniel Webster), and "Tennessee White" (Tennessee senator Hugh Lawson...
    • Contributor: Clay, Edward Williams - Robinson, Henry R.
    • Date: 1836
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Caucus on the Surplus Bill 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 21.9 x 34 cm. (image) | A derisive view of Andrew Jackson's reluctant, politically-minded endorsement of the Distribution Act, or "Surplus Bill," a measure authorizing distribution of surplus federal funds among the states. Facing the prospect of an almost certain Congressional override should he veto the bill, Jackson signed it on June 23, 1836, abetting Vice-President...
    • Contributor: Robinson, Henry R.
    • Date: 1836
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    All fours-important state of the game-the knave about to be lost 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 29.2 x 38.7 cm. (image) | The presidential campaign of 1836 viewed as a card game by a satirist in sympathy with the Whigs. Opposing candidates Martin Van Buren (Democrat) and William Henry Harrison (Whig) face each other across a card table. Behind Van Buren stands his vice-presidential running mate Richard M. Johnson. Behind Harrison is...
    • Contributor: Robinson, Henry R.
    • Date: 1836
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    High places in government like steep rocks only accessible to eagles and reptiles 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 29.5 x 40.3 cm. (image) | Campaign satire predicting Whig presidential candidate William Henry Harrison's ascendancy over Democrat Martin Van Buren. In the center of the print is a mountain with a statue of George Washington, "Pater Patriae," on its pinnacle. Descending the mountain is incumbent President Jackson, portrayed as a snapping turtle. Van Buren is...
    • Contributor: Robinson, Henry R.
    • Date: 1836
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Grand Virginia reel and scamperdown at the Whitehouse Washington 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 28.5 x 47.5 cm. (image) | Another satire on Andrew Jackson's conflict with French king Louis Philippe over French reparations due the United States under the Treaty of 1831. The artist blames vice-president Van Buren for escalation of anti-French feeling in the Administration to the verge of war. In the center Jackson, holding a sack of...
    • Contributor: Robinson, Henry R.
    • Date: 1836
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    A galvanized corpse 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 30.9 x 43 cm. (image) | Jacksonian editor Francis Preston Blair rises from his coffin, revived by a primitive galvanic battery, as two demons look on. A man on the right throws up his hands as he is drawn toward Blair, saying: Had I not been born insensible to fear, now should I be most horribly...
    • Contributor: Robinson, Henry R.
    • Date: 1836
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    An affecting scene in Kentucky 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 24 x 33.7 cm (image) | A racist attack on Democratic vice-presidential candidate Richard M. Johnson. The Kentucky Congressman's nomination, in May 1835, as Van Buren's running-mate for the 1836 election raised eyebrows even among party faithful, because of Johnson's common-law marriage to a mulatto woman, Julia Chinn, by whom he fathered two daughters. The artist...
    • Contributor: Robinson, Henry R.
    • Date: 1836
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    Houston, Santa Anna, and Cos 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 28.5 x 34.9 cm. (image) | An imaginative portrayal (with overt propaganda value) of an event in the Texas war of independence --the surrender of Mexican commander Santa Anna and his brother-in-law General Martin Perfecto de Cos, to American leader Samuel Houston after the Battle of San Jacinto in late April 1836. Santa Anna (center) bows...
    • Contributor: Robinson, Henry R.
    • Date: 1836
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    A Democratic voter 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 30 x 18.6 cm. (image) | The artist satirizes the split in party loyalties between the Locofoco and Tammany factions of New York City Democrats. In particular he belittles the Irish immigrants widely recruited by the party at the time. The print may have apeared during the elections of 1836. An Irishman stands on a platform...
    • Contributor: Robinson, Henry R. - Sarony, Napoleon
    • Date: 1836
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    The times 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 32.7 x 48.4 cm. (image) | A commentary on the depressed state of the American economy, particularly in New York, during the financial panic of 1837. Again, the blame is laid on the treasury policies of Andrew Jackson, whose hat, spectacles, and clay pipe with the word "Glory" appear in the sky overhead. Clay illustrates some...
    • Contributor: Clay, Edward Williams - Robinson, Henry R.
    • Date: 1837
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    New edition of MacBeth. Bank-oh's! Ghost 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 25.2 x 41.5 cm. (image) | Another satire on the Panic of 1837, again condemning Van Buren's continuation of predecessor Andrew Jackson's hard-money policies as the source of the crisis. Clay shows the president haunted by the ghost of Commerce, which is seated at the far right end of a table which he shares with a...
    • Contributor: Clay, Edward Williams - Robinson, Henry R.
    • Date: 1837
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    Settin' on a rail 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 26.3 x 39.7 cm. (image) | A satire, probably issued during August or September 1837, on the tug-of-war for influence on the President between Jacksonian Democrats and the "soft money" or conservative elements of the party. Here the artist portrays Van Buren as indecisive and secretive about his treasury policy. Sitting on a rail fence, Van...
    • Contributor: Clay, Edward Williams - Robinson, Henry R.
    • Date: 1837
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    Major Joe Bunker's last parade, or the fix of a senator and his 700 independents 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 24.8 x 38.9 cm. (image) | Democratic senator Nathaniel P. Tallmadge of New York was the leader of the conservative or pro-Bank Democrats. Here Clay satirizes Tallmadge's attempts to undermine party support for Van Buren's hard money fiscal agenda, whose cornerstone was his independent treasury program. The cartoon most likely dates from September 1837, when a...
    • Contributor: Clay, Edward Williams - Robinson, Henry R.
    • Date: 1837
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Whig bazaar 1 print : lithograph.
    • Contributor: Clay, Edward Williams - Robinson, Henry R.
    • Date: 1837