Photo, Print, Drawing An available candidate--the one qualification for a Whig president

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Title
An available candidate--the one qualification for a Whig president
Summary
Political cartoon showing man in military uniform, with epaulets and plumed hat, holding sword and seated on pile of skulls. A scathing attack on Whig principles, as embodied in their selection of a presidential candidate for 1848. Here the "available candidate" is either Gen. Zachary Taylor or Winfield Scott, both of whom were contenders for the nomination before the June convention. The figure sits atop a pyramid of skulls, holding a blood-stained sword. The skulls and sword allude to the bloody but successful Mexican War campaigns waged by both Taylor and Scott, which earned them considerable popularity (a combination of attractiveness and credibility termed "availability") among Whigs. The figure here has traditionally been identified as Taylor, but the flamboyant, plumed military hat and uniform are more in keeping with contemporary representations of Scott. The print may have appeared during the ground swell of popular support which arose for Scott as a rival to Zachary Taylor in the few months preceding the party's convention in Philadelphia on June 7, 1848. On June 9 Zachary Taylor captured the Whig nomination.
Contributor Names
N. Currier (Firm)
Created / Published
[New York : Nathaniel Currier, 1848]
Subject Headings
-  Whig Party (U.S.)--1850-1910
-  Presidential elections--United States--1850-1910
-  Skulls--1850-1910
-  Military personnel--Americans--1850-1910
-  Mexico, U.S. war with
-  Scott, Winfield, as presidential candidate
-  Taylor, Zachary, as presidential candidate
Format Headings
Lithographs--1850-1910.
Political cartoons--1850-1910.
Notes
-  Title from item.
-  Currier & Ives : a catalogue raisonné / compiled by Gale Research. Detroit, MI : Gale Research, c1983, no. 0354.
-  Weitenkampf, p. 93
-  Lorant, p. 190
-  Image of America, no. 40
-  Published in: American political prints, 1766-1876 / Bernard F. Reilly. Boston : G.K. Hall, 1991, entry 1848-19.
Medium
1 print on wove paper : lithograph ; image 41 x 29 cm.
Call Number/Physical Location
PGA - Currier & Ives--Available candidate (B size) [P&P]
Repository
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
Digital Id
pga 04723 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pga.04723
cph 3f03760 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3f03760
cph 3a08538 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3a08538
Library of Congress Control Number
90708859
Reproduction Number
LC-DIG-pga-04723 (digital file from original item) LC-USZC2-3760 (color film copy slide) LC-USZ62-5220 (b&w film copy neg.)
Rights Advisory
No known restrictions on publication.
Language
English
Online Format
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Description
1 print on wove paper : lithograph ; image 41 x 29 cm. | Political cartoon showing man in military uniform, with epaulets and plumed hat, holding sword and seated on pile of skulls. A scathing attack on Whig principles, as embodied in their selection of a presidential candidate for 1848. Here the "available candidate" is either Gen. Zachary Taylor or Winfield Scott, both of whom were contenders for the nomination before the June convention. The figure sits atop a pyramid of skulls, holding a blood-stained sword. The skulls and sword allude to the bloody but successful Mexican War campaigns waged by both Taylor and Scott, which earned them considerable popularity (a combination of attractiveness and credibility termed "availability") among Whigs. The figure here has traditionally been identified as Taylor, but the flamboyant, plumed military hat and uniform are more in keeping with contemporary representations of Scott. The print may have appeared during the ground swell of popular support which arose for Scott as a rival to Zachary Taylor in the few months preceding the party's convention in Philadelphia on June 7, 1848. On June 9 Zachary Taylor captured the Whig nomination.
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