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Date made: May 10, 1837
Maker: Robinson, Henry R.; Sarony, Napoleon
Place: New York, New York
Image size: Image: 9 7/8 x 17 1/8 in.; 25.0825 x 43.4975 cm
ID number: DL*60.3470
Negative number: 2003-19828


Description:

Black and white print of a caricaturized seventy five cent treasury note. The left vertical panel depicts Andrew Jackson, dressed in stars and stripes, wearing a nightcap, holding what appears to be a white flag in one hand and a rolled up document that rests on a globe in his other hand. The far right panel is a caricature of Jackson as a donkey or "jack-ass", expelling "mint drops" from his rear, while Martin Van Buren, in the form of an ape, is trying to catch in his hat. The top center horizontal panel, signed by Napoleon Sarony, depicts Van Buren as a winged dragon riding a "Treasury Department" railroad car that has run over the bodies of numerous men lying on the railroad tracks. The railroad car is being pulled by a team of yoked and harnessed men with donkey ears and driven by John C. Calhoun, who carries a whip. They are driving through an arch labeled "Wall Street/ Safety Fund." Francis Preston Blair and his partner John C. Rives (whose name is misspelled as "Reeves") are following the train and commenting. The lower central panel depicts the head of Thomas Hart Benton on a large bug with an inscription indicating payment for "seven years after it is convenient" and including the address of Henry R. Robinson, the publisher of the print. Dialog and additional phrases appear on the print and serve to satirically attack Jackson's efforts to establish a gold standard.