Collection Items

  • 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
    Treasury note 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 25.0 x 44.2 cm. (image) | A parody of the often worthless fractional currencies or "shinplasters" issued by banks, businesses, and municipalities in lieu of coin. These fractional notes proliferated during the Panic of 1837 with the emergency suspension of specie (i.e., gold and silver) payments by New York banks on May 10, 1837. "Treasury Note"...
    • Contributor: Robinson, Henry R. - Sarony, Napoleon
    • Date: 1837
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    The globe-man after hearing of the vote on the Sub-Treasury bill 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 13.5 x 10.2 cm. (image) | Evidently a companion to "The Globe Man Listening to Webster's speech on the Specie Circular" (no. 1838-3), the small, bust-length caricature of Democratic editor Francis Preston Blair shows him looking even more cadaverous and morose. The title refers to the defeat of Van Buren's Independent Treasury Bill in 1838. The...
    • Contributor: Robinson, Henry R. - Sarony, Napoleon
    • Date: 1838
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    The globe man listening to Webster's speech, on the specie circular 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 13.9 x 7.9 cm. (image) | A small, bust-length caricature of Washington "Globe" editor and Van Buren adviser Francis Preston Blair. The print was probably issued in the spring of 1838. In May of that year the Specie Circular, an extremely unpopular order issued by the Jackson administration in December 1836, directing collectors of public revenues...
    • Contributor: Robinson, Henry R. - Sarony, Napoleon
    • Date: 1838
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    "Worse than a Spanish Inquisition" 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 25.6 x 39.2 cm. (image) | A commentary on the workings of the January 1839 congressional probe of the Treasury Department in the wake of the Swartwout embezzlement. (See "Price Current" and "Sub Treasurers Meeting in England," nos. 1838-21 and -20.) Led by administration opponent Henry A. Wise and chaired by James Harlan, the committee scrutinized...
    • Contributor: Robinson, Henry R. - Sarony, Napoleon
    • Date: 1839
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Professor Wise, performing a surgical operation in Congress Hall 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 25.4 x 33.6 cm. (image) | Representative Henry A. Wise, vociferous opponent of the Van Buren administration, is portrayed as a surgeon, operating on Treasury Secretary Levi Woodbury. The satire refers to the cross-examination of Woodbury in January 1839, during the congressional investigation of the Samuel Swartwout embezzlement. (See "Price Current" and "Sub Treasurers Meeting in...
    • Contributor: Robinson, Henry R. - Sarony, Napoleon
    • Date: 1839
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    The man wot pays no postage 1 print : lithograph with watercolor on wove paper ; 27 x 34.6 cm. (image) | The man "wot pays no postage" here is Van Buren ally and publicist Amos Kendall. The profits and influence Kendall derived from publication of the administration organ the "Extra Globe" were no doubt increased by his free use of federal franking privileges and the mails. The particular issue...
    • Contributor: Robinson, Henry R. - Sarony, Napoleon
    • Date: 1839
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    A Select Committee of Enquiry hard at work 1 print : lithograph with watercolor and Chinese white, on wove paper ; 25.2 x 35.9 cm. (image) | A swipe at the integrity of the House of Representatives committee investigating the Swartwout scandal under Van Buren's administration (see "Price Current" and "Sub Treasurers Meeting in England," nos. 1838-21 and -20). Here the eight committee members unsuccessfully attempt to literally whitewash a giant Treasury...
    • Contributor: Robinson, Henry R. - Sarony, Napoleon
    • Date: 1839
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    A bull chase. The words of the wise, are as goads 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 26.4 x 40.2 cm. (image) | Another satire on the special committee of the House of Representatives investigating Van Buren's Treasury Department. The committee, chaired by James Harlan but dominated by Henry A. Wise of Virginia, centered upon Secretary Levi Woodbury and probed irregularities in handling and accounting of federal funds in the customs houses. This...
    • Contributor: Robinson, Henry R. - Sarony, Napoleon
    • Date: 1839
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    A globe to live on! 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 26.8 x 25.3 cm. (image) | Prominent Democratic party publicists Francis Preston Blair and Amos Kendall are portrayed as Siamese twins, joined at the mid-section, and standing on a large globe. Blair (left) was the influential editor of the Washington "Globe" newspaper. Kendall resigned his cabinet post as postmaster general on May 16, 1840, to undertake...
    • Contributor: Robinson, Henry R. - Sarony, Napoleon
    • Date: 1840
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    The Secretary of War presenting a stand of colours to the 1st Regiment of Republican bloodhounds 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 30.6 x 41 cm. (image) | A bitter vilification of the Van Buren administration's use of bloodhounds to hunt fugitive Indians during the Second Seminole War in Florida. The artist condemns the racism and inhumanity of the measure, as well as the role of editor Francis Preston Blair as apologist for the administration. The War Department...
    • Contributor: Bow Wow-Wow - Robinson, Henry R. - Sarony, Napoleon
    • Date: 1840
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Black C.C. or the three Judas's 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 28 x 36.4 cm. (image) | The cartoon pertains to some instance of corruption in the Van Buren administration. Van Buren shovels coins from a great pile into a bag held by a man (probably a federal judge), who urges him, "Matty fill up the shovel, you are not the first man, I have helped out...
    • Contributor: Robinson, Henry R. - Sarony, Napoleon
    • Date: 1840
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    The new era or the effects of a standing army 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 29.4 x36.8 cm. (image) | A condemnation of a Van Buren administration plan, put forward by Secretary of War Joel Poinsett, to reform the militia system through creation of a reserve force under regular army officers. The idea was attacked by Whigs as a threat to personal liberty and as a dangerous step toward military despotism....
    • Contributor: Robinson, Henry R. - Sarony, Napoleon
    • Date: 1840
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Fanny Ellsler's last seranade or the soap-locks disgraceful attack upon the Germans 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 29.4 x 39 cm. (image) | A riot scene: German parade musicians (possibly accompanying touring ballerina Fanny Elssler) are attacked and beaten with their own instruments by a gang of toughs (or "Soap-Locks" for the long, soaped hair locks fashionable among them) on a New York street. Onlookers watch from the windows of a nearby building....
    • Contributor: Robinson, Henry R. - Sarony, Napoleon
    • Date: 1840
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Clar de kitchen 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 29.5 x 41.3 cm. (image) | Another Whig campaign satire, picturing incumbent Martin Van Buren and his Democratic advisers or "Kitchen Cabinet" routed by Whig candidate William Henry Harrison. In a domestic kitchen Harrison, dressed as a scullery maid, raises a "buttermilk dasher" against a party of fleeing Democrats. The fugitives are (left to right, standing):...
    • Contributor: Robinson, Henry R. - Sarony, Napoleon
    • Date: 1840
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    The shipwreck 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 30.6 x 38.6 cm. (image) | A Whig vision of the rout of Van Buren in the presidential election of 1840. In a stormy sea Van Buren grasps the mast (labeled "Maine") of a foundering vessel "O.K." (the initials for "Old Kinderhook," a Van Buren nickname derived from his birthplace and home in Kinderhook, New York)....
    • Contributor: Robinson, Henry R. - Sarony, Napoleon
    • Date: 1840
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    North Bend game cock 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 42 x 29.3 cm. (image) | A Whig campaign print glorifying presidential candidate William Henry Harrison. The title derives from the candidate's farm on the North Bend of the Ohio River. The game cock has a dual significance: as an allusion to Harrison's military virtue and as a Whig party symbol. A formidable-looking gamecock stands with...
    • Contributor: Robinson, Henry R. - Sarony, Napoleon
    • Date: 1840
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    The new era Whig trap sprung 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 30.4 x 37.8 cm. (image) | Democratic efforts to reelect Martin Van Buren are portrayed as hopeless in the face of broad popular support for Whig candidate William Henry Harrison. Here one of Harrison's campaign emblems, a log cabin, is a trap imprisoning the incumbent. The cabin's timbers are labeled with names of twenty states and...
    • Contributor: Robinson, Henry R. - Sarony, Napoleon
    • Date: 1840