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Andrew Jackson Litho-A Grand Functionary-Clay
Item #: NEW-0011324

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No paypal on this item though payment plans can be arranged. This extremely rare1829 lithograph is believed to be the first use of caricature of Jackson in office. The title is "A Grand Functionary. " 'The Lord High Keeper." This was drawn by Edward Williams Clay. The scene pictures Jackson locking up Tobias Watkins, the fourth auditor in the Treasury Department, for government fraud.  It had been discovered that his accounts were short by some seven thousand dollars.  Watkins fled the city but was found, convicted and locked up. This happened right after Jackson's inauguration and was a public sensation.   Jackson had promised to clean up corruption and this was an indicator to the public that he was serious. Jackson had many detractors and Clay in this litho presented another viewpoint as Jackson is depicted as a sinister jailor with Watkins' hands reaching out for justice and Jackson double locking him in warning, "I'm acting in my magisterial capacity!!! D__n the fellow he opposed my election and if he is released, he'll start a newspaper against me.  Here let him rot!!!."

The lithograph measures 14 by 11 inches.  It has been deacidified and encapsulated in mylar, easily removed, if desired.  Large creases at top right and bottom left.  Somewhat crumpled appearance and some stains and edge tears.  The first photo shows the whole lithograph and the close up of a portion was by scan.

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Shipping Weight: 2.5 lbs
Price: $2,000.00 USD
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