Andrew Jackson

image for Andrew Jackson
Exhibition Label
The 1828 presidential campaign coincided with the beginning of the lithographic cartoon in America, which would soon become a staple of electioneering. Although Andrew Jackson won a decisive victory, the campaign was vicious. Edward W. Clay's A Grand Functionary ridicules Jackson for his vengeance against a Treasury auditor who had published anti-Jackson articles. (Clay avoids mentioning that Jackson's supposed victim had been caught embezzling funds.) Invoking Shakespeare's indictment of the misuse of power and caricaturing Jackson as a spindly legged, Dickensian misanthrope, Clay set a high standard for political satire, which would develop new energy in the newspaper editorial cartoon later in the century.
Topic
Exterior
Costume\Outerwear\Cape
Interior\Prison
Andrew Jackson: Male
Andrew Jackson: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer
Andrew Jackson: Military\Army\Officer\General
Andrew Jackson: Politics and Government\US Senator\Tennessee
Andrew Jackson: Politics and Government\President of US
Andrew Jackson: Politics and Government\US Congressman\Tennessee
Andrew Jackson: Law and Law Enforcement\Judge\Justice\State Supreme Court Justice\Tennessee
Andrew Jackson: Politics and Government\Governor\Florida
Andrew Jackson: Congressional Gold Medal
Portrait
National Portrait Gallery
Artist
Edward Williams Clay, 19 Apr 1799 - 31 Dec 1857
Sitter
Andrew Jackson, 15 Mar 1767 - 8 Jun 1845
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Medium
Lithograph on paper
Dimensions
Image: 21.4 x 14.8cm (8 7/16 x 5 13/16")
Sheet: 29 x 21.6cm (11 7/16 x 8 1/2")
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1829
Type
Print
Object number
NPG.85.66