The Democratic Cyrano De Bergerac


This object is an original pen and ink political cartoon hand drawn on heavy white paper by Clifford Berryman circa 1900 in Washington, D.C. The title "The Democratic Cyrano De Bergerac" is inscribed in pencil and is centered on the bottom. The drawing depicts William Jennings Bryan with De Bergerac’s characteristically (and disproportionately) large and elongated nose crouched near a man (unidentified) wearing a coat labeled "O.K. Bryan Candidate." The man looks up toward Miss Democracy, who regards him as she is leaning out a window. The drawing is signed "Berryman" in the lower right area of the illustration. As the legendary character Cyrano De Bergerac is known to possess many fine qualities yet never succeed in romance or win with women, so Berryman’s depiction of Bryan as De Bergerac was also a commentary that Bryan, despite his good qualities, was unlikely to win the heart of Miss Democracy – the vote of the people.

Date Made: circa 1900

Depicted: Bryan, William JenningsAssociated Institution: Democratic National PartyMaker: Berryman, CliffordBerryman, Clifford

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: District of ColumbiaUnited States: District of Columbia

Decorative Motif: Political CaricaturesUsed: SatireHumorGeneral Subject Association: Political Campaigns


See more items in: Political and Military History: Political History, Campaign Collection, Government, Politics, and Reform


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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PL.322733.005Catalog Number: 322733.005Accession Number: 322733

Object Name: Cartoonpolitical cartoonObject Type: Drawingcartoonseditorial cartoons

Physical Description: paper (overall material)ink (overall material)pencil (overall material)hand-drawn (overall production method/technique)Measurements: overall: 19 1/2 in x 15 1/2 in; 49.53 cm x 39.37 cm


Record Id: nmah_496185

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