Cass and Butler: GRAND NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC BANNER Currier campaign print
Cass and Butler: GRAND NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC BANNER Currier campaign print

Cass and Butler: GRAND NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC BANNER Currier campaign print

Price: $875.00
Print promoting Lewis Cass for president and William Butler for vice president, 1848.
Catalog No: 19923
Availability: In Stock.
SIZE: 10 x 13 in. (sight); 13.5 x 16.5 in. (overall)
GRADE: Choice/XF

Print promoting Lewis Cass for president and William Butler for vice president, 1848. N. Currier, New York. Color tinted lithograph, housed in period walnut frame, refitted with archival backing and conservation glass. Titled, GRAND, NATIONAL, DEMOCRATIC BANNER. PRESS ONWARD. Against ranks of flags surmounted by eagle perched on globe with "America" and "France" demarcated, a portrait of Cass enclosed by olive wreath, left; a portrait of Butler enclosed by olive wreath, right; semicircle of 14 stars and radiating lines, above; decorative leaves and scrollwork, the legend, THE PEOPLE'S CANDIDATES FOR PRESIDENT AND VICE-PRESIDENT FROM 1849 TO 1853, on streamers, below. The whole made to resemble a parade banner. Trace foxing in margins and light crease bottom right, otherwise a bright, clean example, superior to most.

The "National Banner" series issued by New York printmaker Nathaniel Currier are considered the prototype of the modern political poster. Displayed in the homes and businesses of the most devoted partisans, they provided the only pictures many voters had of the men running for the nations highest offices. Now prized by collectors, they remain a visual way of representing early presidential campaigns for which little otherwise survives.

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