The Kitchen Cabinet or Political Money Changers

The Kitchen Cabinet or Political Money Changers

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Description (Brief)
This print is a commentary on President Andrew Jackson’s distrust of the Second National Bank of the United States. In this print, Jackson stands with fictional character Major Jack Downing, discussing how to break the bank’s corrupt "moneypoly"[sic]. Created by journalist, Seba Smith, Downing represented the common man that Jackson worked to protect. In the background, three belled donkeys with the faces of Martin Van Buren, Francis P. Blair, and A. Weaver, are harnessed together, carrying saddles labeled " $50,000.” That is a reference to Jackson’s desire to remove the money from the Second National Bank of the United States and redistribute it amongst the state banks. On the back of Blair, the lead donkey is a globe, referring to his position as the editor of the Pro-Jackson newspaper, the “Globe.” The donkeys are being led by Treasury Secretary William John Duane, who was dismissed by Jackson after he refused to remove the deposits. On the right of the print are three unidentified men who oppose Jackson’s decision, seeing it as “mad” and destructive.
The publisher of this print is C.H. Evans, but further information is not available at this time.
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Object Name
Object Type
Date made
Jackson, Andrew
Van Buren, Martin
Duane, William John
Weaver, A.
originated character
Smith, Seba
Blair, Francis Preston
Evans, C.H.
place made
United States: New York, New York City
image: 8 3/4 in x 13 1/2 in; 22.225 cm x 34.29 cm
ID Number
catalog number
Credit Line
Harry T. Peters "America on Stone" Lithography Collection
Architecture, Commercial Buildings
Communication, newspapers
U.S. National Government, executive branch
Political Parties
Political Caricatures
Chronology: 1830-1839
Jack Downing
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Clothing & Accessories
Domestic Furnishings
Peters Political Prints
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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