Cooking Over Done, or View of the Kitchen Cabinet in Distress

Cooking Over Done, or View of the Kitchen Cabinet in Distress

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This 1833 black and white caricature of Andrew Jackson and his “Kitchen Cabinet” of personal advisors captures the administration’s decision to remove money from the Second National Bank and move it to local banks supportive of Jackson. In this image two of Jackson’s most trusted advisors, Amos Kendall and William T. Barry sit at a table with Major Jack Downing, while Secretary of the Treasury, Roger Brooke Taney lies on the floor in front of a fire in a fireplace. Major Jack Downing is a fictional character created by journalist Seba Smith, and the allegorical persona of Downing symbolized the common man. His depiction in this cartoon symbolizes Jackson’s commitment to the common man, but also that he himself was one since he values and seeks Downing’s input on what to do in the situation. As Downing prepares to read the pro-Jackson “Globe” newspaper in front of him, the “Bank Beef” burns on the hearth in the background. The cartoon places some of the blame for the destruction of the bank on Vice President Martin Van Buren, who is seen peeking through the curtains in the background, but actually, it was a collective effort that brought down the bank.
The lithographer of this print is Ezra Bisbee (1820-1856). Bisbee was a political cartoonist and print maker based in New York City and Brooklyn as well as on the island of Antigua.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Lithograph
Object Type
Lithograph
Date made
1833?
depicted
Van Buren, Martin
Jackson, Andrew
originated character
Smith, Seba
depicted
Kendall, Amos
Taney, Roger Brooke
Barry, William Taylor
maker
Bisbee, Ezra
Bisbee, Ezra
place made
United States: New York, New York City
Measurements
image: 9 3/8 in x 13 1/4 in; 23.8125 cm x 33.655 cm
ID Number
DL.60.3335
catalog number
60.3335
Credit Line
Harry T. Peters "America on Stone" Lithography Collection
subject
Jack Downing
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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