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Only a few examples of this rare print are known.  The hand colored lithograph shows the interior of Tammany Hall in New York City, profusely decorated and prepared for the Democratic National Convention held on July 4, 1868.  The print is iconic among American flag collectors, since an example of it was included in Boleslaw and Marie-Louise D-O'trange Mastai's important 1973 book "The Stars and Stripes".

Large swags of flag bunting festoon the banisters and hang from the ceiling.  Scattered among the benches of the convention hall are smaller vertical pennants with the initials of each of the states, indicating where the delegates from each state would be seated.  Most wonderful is the perspective of the scene, which gives the viewer a true sense of the space, to include the rotunda.  Though the ceiling of the rotunda may not have actually been fully visible from this vantage point, the artist chose to skew the perspective to show as much of the scene as possible, lending a charming characteristic folk art characteristic to the composition.  The print is a hand colored and was folded within Joseph Shannon's Manual of the Corporation of the City of New York published by W.C. Rogers Co. in 1868.  In this year, Horatio Seymour, the current Governor of New York, was selected by the Democrats as their party's candidate. Seymour would later lose the election to the Republican nominee for 1868, General Ulysses S. Grant.

A scarce hand-colored patriotic lithograph of Tammany Hall festooned in flags and flag bunting for the Democratic National Convention of July 4, 1868.   Media:  Hand Colored Lithograph

Date:  1868

War:  None

Type:  Print

Catalog Number:  IAS-00230

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