WEB OF RUIN. THE, : "COME INTO MY PARLOR," SAID THE "BOSS" SPIDER TO THE NEW YORK FLY.

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Thomas Nast

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Web of Ruin. The, : "Come into my Parlor," said the "Boss" Spider to the New York Fly.

Wood engraving, 1877.
Image size 13 1/2 x 9 1/4" (34.3 x 24.5 cm).
Good condition
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 59956
Price: $50.00
Publisher : Published in Harper's Weekly, November 10, 1877.
Political cartoon about the Tammany and Canal Rings in New York. Boss Tweed is tacked to the wall, marked as "specimen." John Kelley hangs in the center as the 'Boss' Spider.

In this cartoon the artist, Thomas Nast, seems to be calling Kelly a larger monstrosity than Tweed... or at least the newest boss at the tainted Tammany Hall. In 1871 John Kelly had aided in breaking up the Tweed ring, and later the canal ring, but Kelly was far from clean. During his period as head of Tammany Hall Kelly used his power to control elections in New York City.
18th-19th Century Subjects , Caricatures and Satirical

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