political cartoon

political cartoon

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This object is an original pen and ink political cartoon hand drawn on white paper by Clifford Berryman circa 1904 in Washington, D.C. It depicts a medical doctor approaching the Democratic National Committee Headquarters and holding a doctor’s prescription note that reads "RX I have ordered him away for several weeks." William Jennings Bryan, walking away in the opposite direction, holds a briefcase bearing his initials W.J.B. and an imaginary location named “Restville.” A hand inside the Committee doorway holds a thick stack of dollar bills ready to hand over to the doctor. Berryman’s number “39231” is stamped in blue ink on the reverse. The drawing is signed "Berryman" in the lower right area of the illustration. Bryan had been very influential in the Democratic Party and was the Democratic nominee in two presidential campaigns, first in 1896 and then in 1900, but lost both times to William McKinley. By 1904 his influence in the Party had diminished and Alton Parker became the Democratic nominee.
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Object Name
political cartoon
Object Type
editorial cartoons
date made
circa 1904
Bryan, William Jennings
associated institution
Democratic National Party
Berryman, Clifford
place made
United States: District of Columbia
Physical Description
ink stamp (overall material)
hand-drawn (overall production method/technique)
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
overall: 15 1/2 in x 15 in; 39.37 cm x 38.1 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Political Campaigns
Presidential Campaign of 1904
Presidential Campaign of 1896
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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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