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The rats leaving a falling house

The rats leaving a falling house

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Title:
The rats leaving a falling house
Description:
This cartoon commemorates "the time Jackson's cabinet resigned over the Peggy Eaton scandal, 1831.The cabinet members are portrayed as rats with human heads, and Jackson, seated in a collapsing chair, has his legs outstretched and his right foot on the tail of van Buren. The latter, being a widower, was not under such feminine pressure as were the cabinet members, whose wives objected to the favoritism shown by Jackson to Peggy Eaton, the wife of his Secretary of War, who had a curious if not dubious past."
Date:
1831
Format:
Prints
Genre:
Political cartoons
Lithographs
Location:
Boston Public Library
Print Department
Jackson [1828-1849]. Cartoon & caricature (shelf locator)
Collection (local):
Americana Collection
Subjects:
Rats
Cabinet officers
Corruption
Presidents
Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845
Van Buren, Martin, 1782-1862
Extent:
1 print : lithograph ; 10 1/2 x 8 in.
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Notes:
Title from item.
Summary from: Murrell, William. A history of American Graphic Humor, v.1, p. 110.
Language:
English
Accession #:
11_03_000135