The Old Print Shop

On to Washington!

  • ARTIST: Thomas Nast

  • PUBLISHER: Published in Harper's Weekly, New York. June 17, 1871.

  • MEDIUM: Wood engraving,

    DATE: 1871.

  • EDITION SIZE: Image size 9 x 13 5/8" (22.9 x 34.5 cm).

  • DESCRIPTION: This political cartoon depicts the aspiring Democratic presidential candidate, John Hoffman, trying to sneak upon the White House with his cronies - William M. Tweed (Boss Tweed) and the corrupt henchmen of Tammany Hall, members of the Erie Railroad Ring, a Catholic archbishop, newspaper editors and unscrupulous businessmen. On the portico is President Ulysses S. Grant, calmly enjoying a cigar as he reads the newspaper. A poster on the pillar reads "'Let us have peace,' for another term," a comment about his second term run.


  • CONDITION: Good condition, minor soiling in the left margin.