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Photo, Print, Drawing Not a drum was heard nor a funeral note . . .

[ digital file from b&w film copy neg. ]

About this Item

Title

  • Not a drum was heard nor a funeral note . . .

Summary

  • The erosion of Democratic support for presidential hopeful Martin Van Buren is portrayed as the funeral of "the Kinderhook fox." The print was deposited for copyright on May 22, 1844, one week before the Democratic National Convention squelched Van Buren's presidential ambitions by nominating James K. Polk. Former president Andrew Jackson and incumbent John Tyler, both of whom appear here, were instrumental in bringing about Van Buren's defeat. Tyler drives a rude hearse--actually a cart--laden with cabbages and the body of fox Van Buren. By Tyler's side are a bag of "Mint drops," a reference to traditional, hard-money fiscal policies of the Democrats. Tyler laments, "Thus do all our hopes end in Clay! Nothing left for me now but hoe-Cakes." His reference to "Clay" is a double entendre for Whig candidate Henry Clay; mention of "Hoe-cakes" may be an allusion to Tyler's Virginia origins. Tyler's poet son Robert rides on the back of the hearse, penning his 1842 epic "Ahasuerus" and musing, "To be or not to by[?] is no longer the question." The cart is pulled by a scrawny nag with Andrew Jackson's head. Jackson says, "I have done my best to bring Foxy here! I have nothing more to do but to see him decently interred." Behind the cart walks a devil, sobbing, "Oh! heavy day! I am his only mourner. I am the only friend that will never leave him. Death itself shall not divide us!" He is followed by a heavyset man in a wide-brimmed hat ringing a bell and crying "Bring out your dead!" Several dogs also pursue the hearse. In the background is "Loco Foco Hall," a small cabin with bottles of spirits lining its window-shelves and flying an inverted American flag. A fox pelt is nailed to an outside wall, and an emaciated man stands in the doorway. The Loco Focos, or radical Democrats, were an important Van Buren constituency. Beyond, on the right, is a grave freshly dug by two blacks who stand nearby. One of the gravediggers says, "Here he comes, Pompey, we'll have this Fox earthed at last!" Beneath the scene are the verses: Not a drum was heard nor a funeral note / As his corse to the ramparts we hurried / Not a Loco discharged his farewell shot / O'er the ditch where our hero we buried.

Names

  • Baillie, James S., active 1838-1855.
  • Bucholzer, H.

Created / Published

  • N.Y. : Lith. & pub. by James Baillie, 1844.

Headings

  • -  Clay, Henry,--1777-1852
  • -  Jackson, Andrew,--1767-1845
  • -  Tyler, John,--1790-1862
  • -  Tyler, Robert,--1816-1877
  • -  Van Buren, Martin,--1782-1862
  • -  Equal Rights Party (New York, N.Y.)--1840-1850
  • -  Flags--United States--1840-1850
  • -  Presidential elections--United States--1840-1850

Headings

  • Lithographs--1840-1850.
  • Political cartoons--1840-1850.

Genre

  • Lithographs--1840-1850
  • Political cartoons--1840-1850

Notes

  • -  Entered . . . 1844 by James Baillie.
  • -  Lith. & pub. by James Baillie 33 Spruce St. N.Y.
  • -  Signed: H. Bucholzer.
  • -  Title appears as it is written on the item.
  • -  Weitenkampf, p. 79-80.
  • -  Forms part of: American cartoon print filing series (Library of Congress)
  • -  Published in: American political prints, 1766-1876 / Bernard F. Reilly. Boston : G.K. Hall, 1991, entry 1844-17.

Medium

  • 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 31.3 x 43.3 cm. (image)

Call Number/Physical Location

  • PC/US - 1844.B157, no. 20 (B size) [P&P]

Source Collection

  • American cartoon print filing series (Library of Congress)

Repository

  • Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print

Digital Id

  • cph 3a12799 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3a12799

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2008661418

Reproduction Number

  • LC-USZ62-10376 (b&w film copy neg.)

Rights Advisory

  • No known restrictions on publication.

Online Format

  • image

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  • Call Number: PC/US - 1844.B157, no. 20 (B size) [P&P]
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Baillie, James S., Active, and H Bucholzer. Not a Drum Was Heard nor a Funeral Note. United States, 1844. N.Y.: Lith. & pub. by James Baillie. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2008661418/.

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Baillie, J. S. & Bucholzer, H. (1844) Not a Drum Was Heard nor a Funeral Note. United States, 1844. N.Y.: Lith. & pub. by James Baillie. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2008661418/.

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Baillie, James S., Active, and H Bucholzer. Not a Drum Was Heard nor a Funeral Note. N.Y.: Lith. & pub. by James Baillie. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2008661418/>.