The fox chace
The artist's portrayal of Harrison's rout of Van Buren reflects strong Whig confidence late in the presidential campaign of 1840. Van Buren is shown as a fox, with a bird (an albatross?) labeled "Treasury" around his neck. He flees from a pack of barrel-trunked hounds, and from Whig senators Daniel Webster (center) and Henry Clay, toward the White House steps. From the steps William Henry Harrison warns him away with a pitchfork. Van Buren: "I must get to cover as soon as possible, my race is nearly run! D---n these cider barrel hounds." Harrison: "Oh ho! you are making for the White house my boy! but it's no longer a cover for you, I'm put here to keep you out of it!" Webster: "He is nearly run out! he will not go another turn! see how his tail droops!" Clay: ". . . Look out General or he'll get into his hole!" The barrels are labeled "Tip's Dog," "Hard Cider 1841," "Reform 1841," and "Better Times."
Entered . . . 1840 by J. Childs.
Published by J. Childs no. 90 Nassau St. New York.
Signed with monogram: EWC (Edward Williams Clay).
The Library's impression was deposited for copyright on August 26, 1840, but was actually registered for copyright earlier, on August 14. Printed in the lower left margin is "Price 25 Cents."
Title appears as it is written on the item.
Weitenkampf, p. 65.
Forms part of: American cartoon print filing series (Library of Congress)
Published in: American political prints, 1766-1876 / Bernard F. Reilly. Boston : G.K. Hall, 1991, entry 1840-50.
Born: Feb. 9, 1773 Died: April 4, 1841 Presidential Term: March 4, 1841 - April 4, 1841 Vice President: John Tyler William Henry Harrison, American military officer and politician was the ninth President of the United States (1841), the oldest President to be elected at the time. Delivering the longest inaugural address in U.S. history, he came down with pneumonia that made his 30-day presidency the shortest in U.S. history. On his 32nd day, he became the first to die in office, serving the shortest tenure in U.S. Presidential history. "All the measures of the Government are directed to the purpose of making the rich richer and the poor poorer." /William Henry Harrison/