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Grand match between the Kinderhook poney and the Ohio ploughman

Grand match between the Kinderhook poney and the Ohio ploughman

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A satire on the presidential contest of 1836, using the metaphor of a billiards game between Whig candidate William Henry Harrison (left) and Democrat Martin Van Buren. The artist is clearly on the side of Harrison, whom he places beneath a portrait of George Washington, in opposition to Van Buren's perceived mentor and champion Andrew Jackson who stands at the far end of the table, below a painting of Napoleon. Behind the table stand Whig Senators Daniel Webster and Henry Clay, arm-in-arm near Harrison. Next to Van Buren (holding a cue) stands a sixth man, either Secretary of the Treasury Levi Woodbury or (as Weitenkampf suggests) Van Buren ally Senator Thomas Hart Benton. Harrison: "Now for a six stroke." Webster: "Now's your chance Harrison. There is a tide in the affairs of men as Shakespear says." Clay: "I'll go a cool Hundred Harrison wins the game." Sixth man: "I'll bet a cookie he don't make the hazzard." Jackson (holding what appears to be a bridge): "By the Eternal! Martin if Harrison holes you and gets a spot ball on the deep red it is all day with you." Van Buren: "He's more likely to hole himself General!"





Clay, Edward Williams, 1799-1857.
Robinson, Henry R., -1850.


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