LARGE AND BEAUTIFUL CHROMOLITHOGRAPH OF TAMMANY HALL DECORATED FOR THE 1868 NATIONAL CONVENTION
(NEW YORK) ROGERS, W.C., lithographer. Chromolithographic plate ["Interior View of Tammany Hall Decorated for the National Convention July 4th, 1868"]. [New York]: Jos. Shannon's Manual, 1868. Disbound, folding chromolithographic plate, measuring 18 by 13 inches, linen-backed. $650.
Striking large folding chromolithographic plate of Tammany Hall patriotically decorated for the 1868 Democratic National Convention.
Originally founded as a political club, Tammany Hall soon emerged as New York's political machine. While Tammany Hall has been long associated with corruption due to the behavior of its political bosses and The Tweed Ring, it also was a first point of political engagement for new immigrants in addition to supporting broad progressive platforms. In 1868, Tammany Hall was chosen as the site for the Democratic National Convention. As the first presidential election year following the Civil War, the stakes were high. However, the convention descended into chaos. The nomination process required 22 ballots to arrive at Horatio Seymour for President and Francis Preston Blair Jr. for Vice President. With the Republican nomination going to Ulysses S. Grant, the Democratic ticket faltered in the general election, receiving only 47% of the vote. Regardless, the 1868 convention offered hope in the post-war era and Tammany Hall was lushly decorated in patriotic swags to celebrate the occasion. This chromolithograph by accomplished lithographer W.C. Rogers is regarded as an accurate depiction of Tammany Hall on Independence Day, 1868 and was originally part of the Manual of the Common Council of New York, better known as Joseph Shannon's Manual.
Stub edge rough from disbinding, a couple tiny spots to margins. Lovely and suitable for framing.