Photo, Print, Drawing Patent Democratic Republican steam shaving shop
About this Item
- Patent Democratic Republican steam shaving shop
- A cryptic satire possibly dealing with some facet of the 1844 presidential campaign. The print features two unsuccessful aspirants for the Democratic presidential nomination: Martin Van Buren and Richard M. Johnson. In an interior a bearded man wearing a plaid vest attends a steam boiler (left), watching as several others are lathered and shaved by various steam-powered apparatuses. Around a large bowl of shaving lather sit (left to right) Van Buren, an unidentified young man, New York "Herald" editor James Gordon Bennett, and Richard M. Johnson. Over Johnson's head is a plaque advertising "Patent Tetragmenon formosum for turning grey hair black . . . ," perhaps a swipe at the ages of the veteran candidates (Johnson was sixty-three, Van Buren sixty-two). Another plaque, at left, reads "Rowlands Essence of Steam. For Promoting the Growth of Whiskers. Sold here." In the foreground sit a gentleman and a seaman, both being shaved by machines that they operate by foot pedals. The mariner's hat hangs from a peg on the wall above his head. On the floor near the gentleman are his hat and cane, and a muzzled dog. The cartoon has resisted interpretation. Murrell and Weitenkampf both suggest a date in the 1830s, but Davison's tentative 1844 is more convincing in terms of subject and on stylistic grounds.
- Clay, Edward Williams, 1799-1857.
- Willis & Probst.
Created / Published
- - Bennett, James Gordon,--1795-1872
- - Johnson, Richard M.--(Richard Mentor),--1780-1850
- - Van Buren, Martin,--1782-1862
- - Presidential elections--United States--1840-1850
- Political cartoons--1840-1850.
- - Signed with monogram: EWC (Edward Williams Clay).
- - Title appears as it is written on the item.
- - Willis & Probst Lith. 2, Wall St. N.Y.
- - Davison, no. 178.
- - Murrell, p. 150.
- - Weitenkampf, p. 53.
- - 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 1844-44.
- 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 29.4 x 44.4 cm. (image)
Call Number/Physical Location
- PC/US - 1844.C619, no. 32 (B size) [P&P]
- American cartoon print filing series (Library of Congress)
- Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
- cph 3a11388 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3a11388
Library of Congress Control Number
- LC-USZ62-8842 (b&w film copy neg.)
- No known restrictions on publication.
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Clay, Edward Williams, and Willis & Probst. Patent Democratic Republican steam shaving shop. United States, 1844. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2008661445/.
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Clay, E. W. & Willis & Probst. (1844) Patent Democratic Republican steam shaving shop. United States, 1844. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2008661445/.
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Clay, Edward Williams, and Willis & Probst. Patent Democratic Republican steam shaving shop. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2008661445/>.