Collection Items

  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Leaders of the Democratic Party 1 print : wood-engraving with letterpress on wove paper ; 89.7 x 54 cm (sheet) | A searing, election-year indictment of four prominent figures in the Democratic party, three of them former Confederate officers. Former New York governor and Democratic presidential nominee Horatio Seymour is portrayed as a "rioter." Standing in a burning city, he waves his hat in the air while he steps...
    • Contributor: Nast, Thomas
    • Date: 1868
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    Why dont you take it? 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 25 x 40 cm. (image) | In February 1861 Washington was alarmed by rumors that secessionists planned to seize the city and make it the capital of the Confederacy. The print may have been produced in that context, or during Lincoln's call to arms and rather anxious military build-up of the capital in April. Here, General...
    • Contributor: Beard, Frank T. - Vent, Starr & Co.
    • Date: 1861
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    John Brown exhibiting his hangman 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 32.2 x 21.4 cm. (image) | Northern rejoicing at the end of the Civil War often took the form of vengeful if imaginary portrayals of the execution of Confederate president Jefferson Davis. Here abolitionist martyr John Brown rises from the grave to confront Davis, although in actuality the latter had nothing to do with Brown's 1859...
    • Contributor: Querner, G.
    • Date: 1865
  • Collection
    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
    The election, a medley, humbly inscribed to Squire Lilliput, professor of scurrility 1 print (broadside) : engraving ; 48 x 37.4 cm (sheet, trimmed) | Cartoon shows the old courthouse in Philadelphia during the October 1, 1764 election where a line of men wait at the steps on the right to enter the courthouse and cast their votes; in the foreground, many men, several clergymen and one female slave among them, comment on the candidates and...
    • Contributor: Dawkins, Henry
    • Date: 1764
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    The looking glass for 1787. A house divided against itself cannot stand. Mat. chap. 13th verse 26 1 print : engraving and rocker work, with watercolor on laid paper ; 28.7 x 36.7 cm. (image) | A satire touching on some of the major issues in Connecticut politics on the eve of the ratification of the U.S. Constitution. The two rival factions shown are the "Federals," who represented the trading interests and were for taxes on imports, and the "Antifederals," who...
    • Contributor: Doolittle, Amos
    • Date: 1787
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Con-g-ss embark'd on board the ship Constitution of America bound to Conogocheque by way of Philadelphia 1 print : etching on laid paper ; 20.4 x 32.6 cm. (sheet, trimmed to within platemark on right and left edges) | In July 1790 Congress decided to move the seat of the federal government from its original site in New York to Washington, with Philadelphia as an interim capital. The unidentified satirist gives a cynical view of the profit opportunity which this...
    • Date: 1790
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Congressional pugilists 1 print : etching on wove paper ; 16.2 x 22.1 cm (plate) | A crude portrayal of a fight on the floor of Congress between Vermont Representative Matthew Lyon and Roger Griswold of Connecticut. The row was originally prompted by an insulting reference to Lyon on Griswold's part. The interior of Congress Hall is shown, with the Speaker Jonathan Dayton and Clerk Jonathan...
    • Date: 1798
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    This plate is respectfully dedicated to all the butchers in the United States by their obt. Sert. Chrr. Wispart. in honour of our Republican Governor Simon Snyder 1 print : etching, on pale green laid paper ; 29.9 x 43.1 cm. (sheet, trimmed to within platemark) | A procession of butchers led by two Negro fiddlers, and featuring a large bull. On the ground before the bull are a cleaver, saw, and other butcher tools. The print is dedicated to Pennsylvania's recently elected Republican Governor Simon Snyder. Snyder was born in...
    • Contributor: Folwell, Samuel
    • Date: 1808
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Democracy against the unnatural union. Trial Octr. 14th 1817. 1 print : etching with red wash on wove paper ; plate 35.2 x 25 cm. | second colored impression 1 print : etching, hand-colored ; plate 35.5 x 25 cm, on sheet 46 x 29 cm. | b&w impression 1 print : etching on wove paper ; plate 35.2 x 25 cm, on sheet 38 x 26.7 cm. | A satire on the...
    • Contributor: Charles, William
    • Date: 1817
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Parody. 605,000 sour grapes 1 print : woodcut with letterpress on wove paper ; 36.4 x 15.3 cm. (image) | An illustrated broadside pertaining to the controversy surrounding settlement of the State of New York's War of 1812 financial claims against former governor Daniel D. Tompkins. It was established that the ex-governor was indebted to the state to the sum of $120,000, but a disupte arose between Tompkins...
    • Date: 1820
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    A caucus held at Albany on sunday evening April 11th. 1824 by the N.Y. city members 1 print : etching on wove paper. | A satire condemning the duplicity and conspiracy of the "Bucktail" faction of New York Democrats in their April 1824 ouster of New York's ex-governor DeWitt Clinton from his post as canal commissioner. The Library's impression of the print has the missing letters in the names of the figures filled in by hand. Twelve men stand in...
    • Date: 1824
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    A foot-race 1 print : etching on wove paper ; 21.4 x 27.5 cm. (sheet) | A figurative portrayal of the presidential race of 1824. A crowd of cheering citizens watch as candidates (left to right) John Quincy Adams, William Crawford, and Andrew Jackson stride toward the finish. Henry Clay has dropped from the race and stands, hand on head, on the far right saying, "D--n...
    • Contributor: Johnston, David Claypoole
    • Date: 1824
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    The pedlar and his pack or the Desperate effort, an over balance 1 print : etching and aquatint, with watercolor on wove paper ; plate 24.8 x 36.4 cm. | 2nd impression 1 print : etching and aquatint, with watercolor on wove paper ; plate 24.8 x 36.4 cm, sheet 29.1 x 45.5 cm. | A satire on the reverse impact of John Binns's anti-Jackson "coffin handbill" campaign during the presidential race of 1828. Editor-publisher Binns...
    • Contributor: Akin, James, Approximately
    • Date: 1828
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    The nations bulwark. A well disciplined militia 1 print : etching with aquatint on wove paper ; 27.3 x 43.6 cm. (plate) | A satire on the Philadelphia militia, the first and apparently only number issued in a projected series of "Sketches of Character" by Edward Williams Clay. In the center an officer reviews a disorderly line of soldiers, some of them uniformed, standing at varying degrees of attention. In the...
    • Contributor: Clay, Edward Williams - Hobson, R. H., Active
    • Date: 1829
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    United States slave trade, 1830 An abolitionist print possibly engraved in 1830, but undocumented aside from the letterpress text which appears on an accompanying sheet. The text reads: "United States' slave trade, 1830. The Copper Plate from which the above picture has just been engraved, was found many years ago by workmen engaged in removing the ruins of Anti-Slavery Hall, in Philadelphia, which was burned by a mob in...
    • Date: 1830
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    The rats leaving a falling house 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 28.3 x 18.8 cm. (image) | A simpler and less animated composition on the same general idea as Edward W. Clay's ".00001" (no. 1831-1). Again Jackson is seated in a collapsing chair, with the "Altar of Reform" toppling next to him, and rats scurrying at his feet. The rats are (left to right): Secretary of War...
    • Date: 1831
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    .00001 the value of a unit with four cyphers going before it 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 29.2 x 22.2 cm. (image) | A satire on dissension and political intrigue within Andrew Jackson's administration, surrounding the Spring 1831 resignations of several members of his Cabinet. In the center Jackson sits in a collapsing chair, labeled "The Hickory Chair is coming to pieces at last." Seated on the arm of his chair is a...
    • Contributor: Clay, Edward Williams
    • Date: 1831
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    Much ado about nothing or a militia court-martial!! 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 24 x 27.7 cm. (image) | A satire on the pretensions and general decadence of the American local militia during the Jacksonian era. A man on a witness stand (far left) is questioned by a court-martial. Several officers sit around a table, some talking, others dozing. On the wall behind the table is a large clock,...
    • Contributor: Johnston, David Claypoole
    • Date: 1832
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Old Jack, the famous New Orleans mouser, clearing Uncle Sam's barn of bank and Clay rats; ... 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 23.9 x 32.8 cm. (image) | A rare pro-Jackson satire on the President's campaign to destroy the political power and influence of the Bank of the United States. It was probably issued late in the presidential campaign of 1832, after Jackson's July veto of the bill to re-charter the Bank. (Weitenkampf tentatively dated the print 1833,...
    • Contributor: Williams, Michael
    • Date: 1832
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    "This is the house that Jack built . . ." 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 33.3 x 47.6 cm. (sheet, trimmed almost to border). | Caricature shows Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, Francis Blair, William J. Duane, and others, with various animals. A crudely-drawn, anonymous satire on the Jackson Administration, alleging political intrigue behind Jackson's September 1833 decision to remove federal deposits from the Bank of the United States. The cartoon...
    • Date: 1833
  • 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
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Troubled treasures 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 23.2 x 32.9 cm. (image) | A crudely drawn anti-Jackson satire, applauding Henry Clay's orchestration of Congressional resistance to the President's plan to withdraw Treasury funds from the Bank of the United States. The print also attacks Vice-President Van Buren's purported manipulation of administration fiscal policy. The title continues, "Shewing the Beneficial Effects of Clay &...
    • Contributor: Bisbee, R.
    • Date: 1833
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    The grand national caravan moving east. 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; image and text 23 x 33 cm, sheet 27 x 42 cm. | A burlesque parade, led by Andrew Jackson and satirizing various aspects of his administration. The procession moves from right to left. At its head is Jackson, seated on a horse with Martin Van Buren cross-legged behind him. Next is a devil playing a...
    • Contributor: Straightshanks, Hassan - Johnston, David Claypoole - Bufford, John Henry - Endicott & Swett
    • Date: 1833