Photo, Print, Drawing Patent balancing by an amateur
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- Patent balancing by an amateur
- New York "Tribune" editor Horace Greeley is ridiculed for vacillating between support of candidates Martin Van Buren and Zachary Taylor in the presidential election of 1848. Greeley balances precariously on a tightrope labeled "Mason & Dickson's Line," which is stretched across Salt River. He holds a balancing pole with a bust of Van Buren on one end and Zachary Taylor on the other. His foot rests upon a stool which in turn rests upon a loaf of "Bran Bread" (a well-known Greeley preference) poised on edge on the wire. He comments, "O crackee! it is as hard work for me to define my position as it was for Taylor to define his," referring to Taylor's stubborn refusal to take a public stand on major issues. Below, immersed in the proverbial river of political disaster, is Henry Clay, defeated candidate for the Whig presidential nomination. Clay complains, "Alas! my Whig brethren! to this complexion must we all come at last!" To the right, on shore, a bespectacled man (possibly an abolitionist) reads aloud from a book: "On slipp'ry heights, I see them stand / While briny billows roll below." Further upstream a man dressed in tattered clothes rides a donkey which trails a placard advertising, "Ground & lofty tumbling Mr. Greely's first appearance in that Character." Greeley wears his characteristic pale frock coat and carries a copy of the "Tribune" in his pocket.
- Baillie, James S., active 1838-1855.
Created / Published
- N.Y. : Lith & published by James Baillie, 1848.
- - Clay, Henry,--1777-1852
- - Greeley, Horace,--1811-1872
- - Taylor, Zachary,--1784-1850
- - Van Buren, Martin,--1782-1862
- - Mason-Dixon Line.--1840-1850
- - Free Soil Party (U.S.)--1840-1850
- - New York tribune--1840-1850
- - Abolition movement--1840-1850
- - Presidential elections--United States--1840-1850
- - Salt River
- Political cartoons--1840-1850.
- Political cartoons--1840-1850
- - Entered . . . 1848 by J. Baillie.
- - Lith & published by James Baillie, 87th St. near 3d Avenue N.Y.
- - Title appears as it is written on the item.
- - Weitenkampf, p. 94.
- - 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 1848-54.
- 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 29.3 x 38.9 cm. (image)
Call Number/Physical Location
- PC/US - 1848.B157, 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 3a05734 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3a05734
Library of Congress Control Number
- LC-USZ62-1995 (b&w film copy neg.)
- No known restrictions on publication.
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Chicago citation style:
Baillie, James S., Active. Patent Balancing by an Amateur. United States Dixon Line Mason, 1848. N.Y.: Lith & published by James Baillie. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2008661513/.
APA citation style:
Baillie, J. S. (1848) Patent Balancing by an Amateur. United States Dixon Line Mason, 1848. N.Y.: Lith & published by James Baillie. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2008661513/.
MLA citation style:
Baillie, James S., Active. Patent Balancing by an Amateur. N.Y.: Lith & published by James Baillie. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2008661513/>.