Political Cartoon Featuring Andrew Jackson
c. 1828, Political Cartoon Lampooning Andrew Jackson: "THE PEDLAR AND HIS PACK OR THE DESPERATE EFFORT...," Choice Extremely Fine.
Handcolored print, 9.5" x 13.75" image plus margins, matted and framed to 17.5" x 22." No printer or date listed. Featuring Andrew Jackson carrying a load of coffins, out of which emerge John Quincy Adams (steadfastly holding on to a presidential chair) and a colleague (Harry) who proclaims: "Hold on Jonny Q - for I find that the people are too much for us, and I'm sinking with Jack and his Coffins!" Adams, who was President from 1824-1828, was defeated by Andrew Jackson in 1828, replies: "I'll hang on to the Chair Harry, in spite of Coffin hand-bills Harris's letter Panama mission or the wishes of the People." Jackson labors under the load of seven coffins: "I must have an extra dose of Treasury-pap, or down go the Coffins Harry, for I feel faint already." Jackson, a war veteran, had killed a man in a duel and had ordered deserting soldiers in his militia command shot, so Republicans had lampooned him by publicizing his record as a duellist and a violent commander. The exact context of Adams's particular phrasing is unclear, but the attack on Jackson is nevertheless quite evident. This cartoon has lovely green, brown, red, pink, gold, and aqua coloring, but is unsigned. One small tear along the left margin, not detracting from the overall attraction of the piece.