The Democratic Cyrano De Bergerac

The Democratic Cyrano De Bergerac

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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.
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Object Name
political cartoon
Object Type
editorial cartoons
date made
circa 1900
Bryan, William Jennings
associated institution
Democratic National Party
Berryman, Clifford
Berryman, Clifford
place made
United States: District of Columbia
United States: District of Columbia
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
pencil (overall material)
hand-drawn (overall production method/technique)
overall: 19 1/2 in x 15 1/2 in; 49.53 cm x 39.37 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Political Caricatures
Political Campaigns
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Political and Military History: Political History, Campaign Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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