In Memoriam - Our Civil Service As It Was
New York: Harper's Weekly, 1877.
Woodcut. Page measures 16" x 11 3/8".
A full page political cartoon showing a statue of Andrew Jackson riding a pig on a pedestal that reads "To The Victors Belong The Spoils". Below the pig's feet are the words "fraud", "bribery", "plunder", "spoils", and "$". The cartoon is a criticism of the spoils system practiced by Jackson's administration. From the April 28, 1877 edition of Harper's Magazine, page 325. Slight tears to margin, otherwise very good condition.
Thomas Nast was a political cartoonist and illustrator; credited with devising elephant and donkey symbols of Republican and Democratic parties, and with creating American image of Santa Claus. He largely featured Catholicism and the papacy in Rome, Irish-Americans, and corrupt Democratic politicians (namely Boss Tweed and the Tammany Hall institution). This is a great example of his work.