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Title
Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren
Exhibition Label
This cartoon of President Andrew Jackson and Vice President Martin Van Buren was just one of many lithographic caricatures exaggerating Van Buren's influence on Jackson's allegedly tyrannical and misguided administration. The issue here was Jackson's intention to abolish the Bank of the United States and the dire effects it might have on commerce and trade. Although Jackson's fiscal policies alone did not cause the Panic of 1836 and the depression that subsequently plagued Van Buren's administration (1837-41), this cartoon correctly anticipated that hard economic times lay ahead.
With the possible exceptions of Theodore Roosevelt and Richard Nixon, no sitting vice president has been caricatured more often than Van Buren.
Topic
Vehicle\Ship
Equipment\Smoking Implements\Pipe
Exterior\Ship
Costume\Headgear\Headdress\Crown
Equipment\Textile Working\Spinning wheel
Cartoon\Political
Equipment\Pulley
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
Martin Van Buren: Male
Martin Van Buren: Politics and Government\US Senator\New York
Martin Van Buren: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer
Martin Van Buren: Politics and Government\Vice-President of US
Martin Van Buren: Politics and Government\Governor\New York
Martin Van Buren: Politics and Government\President of US
Martin Van Buren: Politics and Government\Cabinet Member\Secretary of State
Martin Van Buren: Politics and Government\State Senator\New York
Martin Van Buren: Politics and Government\State Attorney General\New York
Portrait
National Portrait Gallery
Artist
Anthony Imbert, 1794 - 1834
Sitter
Andrew Jackson, 15 Mar 1767 - 8 Jun 1845
Martin Van Buren, 5 Dec 1782 - 24 Jul 1862
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Medium
Lithograph on paper
Dimensions
Image: 29.9 x 42.9cm (11 3/4 x 16 7/8")
Sheet: 36.8 x 54cm (14 1/2 x 21 1/4")
Mat: 55.9 x 71.1cm (22 x 28")
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
c. 1834
Type
Print
Object number
NPG.89.210