Photo, Print, Drawing The national union
About this Item
- The national union
- A patriotic, illustrated sheet music cover for a song composed by Charles Collins, Jr., and dedicated to Kentucky senator Henry Clay. The work celebrates Clay's efforts to preserve the Union, and was a product of the optimism following passage of the Compromise of 1850. The Union is symbolized here by a circular chain in which every link is inscribed with the name of a state and its year of entry into the Union. California, admitted in 1850, is represented by the center ring below. At the top of the ring is an eagle with shield and olive branch, emerging from a cloud and flanked by two American flags. The chain is superimposed on an arch supported by two Doric columns, which in turn rest upon a stepped pedestal inscribed: "The United States of America. Union and Liberty, Forever, One and Inseparable." Outside of the columns are floral swags and acanthus ornaments. Inside is a view "The Capitol at Washington" with two men on horseback on its lawn. Above the dome appear the lines: "In Union's Chain, within its Spell, /Freedom & peace & safety dwell." An inscription (printed) appears below the illustration, a facsimile of a note by Henry Clay endorsing "the sentiments and the poetry" of the song and acknowledging the composer's dedication of the piece to him.
- Lee & Walker.
- T. Sinclair's Lith.
- William Hall & Son.
Created / Published
- Philadelphia : Lee & Walker, Music Publishers ; New-York : Wm. Hall & Son ; N. Orleans : Wm. T. Mayo, 1851.
- - Clay, Henry,--1777-1852
- - Collins, Charles,--Jr
- - United States Capitol (Washington, D.C.)--1850-1860
- - Eagles--1850-1860
- - Flags--United States--1850-1860
- Sheet music covers--1850-1860.
- - Entered . . . 1851 by Lee & Walker.
- - Lee & Walker, Music Publishers, 162 Chestnut St., Philadelphia.
- - New-York, Wm. Hall & Son. N. Orleans, Wm. T. Mayo.
- - Thomas Sinclair's Lith. Phila.
- - Title appears as it is written on the item.
- - Published in: American political prints, 1766-1876 / Bernard F. Reilly. Boston : G.K. Hall, 1991, entry 1851-1.
- 1 print : lithograph printed in gold and black, with watercolor, on wove paper ; 28 x 24 cm. (image)
Call Number/Physical Location
- M1.A13 C (Case) c-MUSIC
- Library of Congress Music Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
- cph 3b38191 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b38191
Library of Congress Control Number
- LC-USZ62-91855 (b&w film copy neg.)
- No known restrictions on publication.
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Chicago citation style:
Lee & Walker, T. Sinclair'S Lith, and William Hall & Son. The National Union. United States, 1851. Philadelphia: Lee & Walker, Music Publishers ; New-York: Wm. Hall & Son ; N. Orleans: Wm. T. Mayo. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2008661529/.
APA citation style:
Lee & Walker, T. Sinclair'S Lith & William Hall & Son. (1851) The National Union. United States, 1851. Philadelphia: Lee & Walker, Music Publishers ; New-York: Wm. Hall & Son ; N. Orleans: Wm. T. Mayo. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2008661529/.
MLA citation style:
Lee & Walker, T. Sinclair'S Lith, and William Hall & Son. The National Union. Philadelphia: Lee & Walker, Music Publishers ; New-York: Wm. Hall & Son ; N. Orleans: Wm. T. Mayo. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2008661529/>.