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Photo, Print, Drawing Balloon ascension to the presidential chair

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Title

  • Balloon ascension to the presidential chair

Summary

  • Reflecting Whig preelection confidence in the campaign of 1844, the artist portrays that party's ascendancy over the Democrats in the race for the presidency. Bucholzer uses the metaphor of a hot-air balloon race between Whig candidates Henry Clay and Theodore Frelinghuysen (on the right) and Democratic nominee James K. Polk. The Whigs ascend with ease; Clay waves a flag and Frelinghuysen points toward the "Presidential Chair" which appears at left on a bed of clouds. The Democratic balloon fails to rise for lack of gas and is prodded with a cane by Andrew Jackson. Jackson says, "I'll use my best endeavours to "poke" [i.e., "Polk"] it up. But it's harder work than gaining the battle of New Orleans!" In the balloon's carriage (actually a wooden tub) are Polk, a Loco Foco Democrat (looking upward through a telescope), and a bag of "Mint drops" (symbolizing the hard-money policies pursued by the Democrats). The carriage is supported by party stalwarts Thomas Hart Benton and John C. Calhoun. Polk says: "I think my friends have placed me in a very ridiculous position! They set me up here only to "poke" fun at me." Calhoun warns: "Push hard, Benton, or they'll never get any higher." Benton: "I'm afraid they'll have to throw the mint drops overboard!" From above, Clay offers: "Throw us a line, Polk, and we'll give you a tow!" Meanwhile, in the background a fox with the head of Martin van Buren slinks away saying, "If you had had the wit to put me in there, it would have gone up." He voices his disappointment at not being chosen Democratic nominee.

Names

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

Created / Published

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

Headings

  • -  Benton, Thomas Hart,--1782-1858
  • -  Calhoun, John C.--(John Caldwell),--1782-1850
  • -  Clay, Henry,--1777-1852
  • -  Frelinghuysen, Theodore,--1787-1862
  • -  Jackson, Andrew,--1767-1845
  • -  Polk, James K.--(James Knox),--1795-1849
  • -  Van Buren, Martin,--1782-1862
  • -  Equal Rights Party (New York, N.Y.)--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.
  • -  The Library has two states of the print, one a proof before title (Landauer Collection; LC-USZ62-90665). The titled impression was deposited for copyright on June 26, 1844. It was followed two weeks later by the same artist's "Bursting the Balloon" (no. 1844-33), a companion piece or sequel.
  • -  Title appears as it is written on the item.
  • -  Weitenkampf, p. 78.
  • -  Landauer Collection of Aeronautical Prints and Drawings.
  • -  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 1844-32.

Medium

  • 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 45.3 x 31.1 cm. (image)

Call Number/Physical Location

  • PC/US - 1844.B157, no. 16 (B size) [P&P] Unprocessed in PR 13 CN 1964:R01, container 43, no. ??

Source Collection

  • American cartoon print filing series (Library of Congress)

Repository

Digital Id

  • cph 3b37014 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b37014
  • cph 3b37758 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b37758

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2008661433

Reproduction Number

  • LC-USZ62-90665 (b&w film copy neg. of proof before title) LC-USZ62-91415 (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. 16 (B size) [P&P] Unprocessed in PR 13 CN 1964:R01, container 43, no. ??
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Baillie, James S., Active, and H Bucholzer. Balloon Ascension to the Presidential Chair. United States, 1844. N.Y.: Lith. & pub. by James Baillie. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2008661433/.

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Baillie, J. S. & Bucholzer, H. (1844) Balloon Ascension to the Presidential Chair. United States, 1844. N.Y.: Lith. & pub. by James Baillie. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2008661433/.

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Baillie, James S., Active, and H Bucholzer. Balloon Ascension to the Presidential Chair. N.Y.: Lith. & pub. by James Baillie. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2008661433/>.