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Date made: 1838
Maker: Fitzsimmons, James; Sheepshanks
Place: New York, New York
Image size: Image: 10 1/2 x 17 1/4 in.; 26.67 x 43.815 cm
ID number: DL*60.3359
Negative number: 2003-19825


Description:

Black and white print of man on horseback (Aaron Clark) handing a flag pole topped with a sheep and labeled "Lottery Office" to another man Richard Ricker) who is standing behind him. In front of Clark's horse is the rear end of another horse galloping off, and that rider appears to be holding a flag pole topped with a Liberty Cap. To the far right is a man with a cane, probably Jewish according to the dialog (possibly Dr. Moses Jacques, leader of the Equal Rights Party until it was reunited with Tammany Hall in Oct 1837), who appears to be thumbing his nose and is commenting about money making the "mayor or mare" go. The print refers to the 1838 New York City race for mayor in which there was widespread election fraud to assure a victory for Whig candidate Aaron Clark. Additional dialog and phrases appear on the print.