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Westward the March of Empire - Vintage Art Print - Victorian Antique 1800's Americana - Curiosities - Historic Political Paper Ephemera
Behold this majestic Whig campaign broadside for presidential candidate William Henry Harrison, with text "A brief sketch of the principal events in the lives of William Henry Harrison, and John Tyler . . .". The biographies highlight the candidates' public careers and (in Harrison's case) military exploits.
Born in Virginia on February 9, 1773 on a Virginia Plantation, William Henry Harrison became the ninth president of the United States in 1841. Harrison's father, Benjamin, was a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and his grandson, also Benjamin, became the 23rd president. Elected at 67 years of age, he was at the time the oldest man to take the office, and the last to be born while the United States was still under British rule. Unfortunately, he caught a cold around the time of his inauguration, and it developed into pneumonia. On April 4, 1841, William Henry Harrison died in the White House, before his wife had even moved to Washington, D.C. to become first lady. He became the first U.S. president to die in office, his one month tenure the shortest.
The text of this piece is framed by two Doric columns supporting medallion portraits of Harrison supporters New York Senator Nathaniel P. Tallmadge and Virginia Senator William C. Rives. Above the two portraits are seated figures of Liberty and Justice respectively. Flanking each is a cornucopia. Spanning the tops of the columns is a fasces, on which rests an eagle holding an olive branch and arrows in his talons, and a banderole inscribed with the title in his mouth. Behind the eagle a large sun rises.
The columns and their bases are inscribed with the names of distinguished military figures, in a few cases accompanied by their historic words. On the bases are illustrations of War of 1812 battles Tippecanoe and Lake Erie. Beside each column grows a tall stalk of corn. Inset in the text are portraits of Harrison and Tyler and, below, a view of Harrison's residence at North Bend.
This print is a highly detailed scan of the original published plate and is truly an amazing image perfect for framing!
This image has been digitally retouched and repaired as necessary, while leaving the foxing, wear, and creases that lend to the intrigue of these old works. This giclee quality art is printed on heavyweight matte archival / acid-free museum quality stock with lightfast inks rated 100+ years. No watermark will appear on your print. The artwork is printed with a surrounding white margin (included in print size) to aid in framing/matting the print. Your purchase will ship priority mail (US) in a protective kraft tube made from 70-100% post-consumer recycled content and up to 30% secondary recycled content.
Given the nature of vintage artwork created before the standardization of print and frame sizes, this item may not conform exactly to the dimensions you choose. To allow for the odd sizing of these images they are printed approximately 2 inches smaller than the paper they are on. This way you receive a standard size, with a white surrounding border that allows for easy framing, with or without a matte.
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