Photo: Decapitation of a great block head, Andrew Jackson, Boston, Massachusetts
Photo: Decapitation of a great block head, Andrew Jackson, Boston, Massachusetts

Photo: Decapitation of a great block head, Andrew Jackson, Boston, Massachusetts

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Photograph Description: The decapitation of a great block head by the mysterious agency of the claret coloured coat Date Created Published: Boston? : s.n., 1834. Summary: A cryptic and anonymous satire probably referring to the 1834 'decapitation' of the wooden figure-head of Andrew Jackson, placed on the ship 'Constitution' when it was refitted at Boston. The deed was perpetrated after Boston Whigs protested the newly-placed improvement. In a thunderstorm two ships, the 'Independence' and 'Constitution' are moored at a dock. A sentry on the deck of the former says 'All's well.' In the foreground another sentry sleeps leaning on a post. Two small demons have just removed the head of Jackson from the figure-head, and it is borne off by an empty coat. Malcolm Johnson (no. 142) records another satire on this incident, produced by David Claypool Johnston for Anthony Imbert. Notes: Title appears as it is written on the item. Weitenkampf, p. 26. Forms part of: American cartoon print filing series Published in: American political prints, 1766-1876 Bernard F. Reilly. Boston : G.K. Hall, 1991, entry 1834-13. Subjects: Jackson, Andrew,--1767-1845. Boston (Mass.)--1830-1840. s--1830-1840. Political cartoons--1830-1840.