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Robinson, Henry R. -1850

Works: 315 works in 324 publications in 1 language and 583 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Portraits  Juvenile works  Fiction  History  Poetry 
Roles: Author, Engraver
Classifications: PR2601, 821
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Most widely held works by Henry R Robinson
The poetical works of Oliver Goldsmith by Oliver Goldsmith( Book )

2 editions published in 1895 in English and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The vision of judgment; or, A present for the Whigs of '76 & '37. : In ten parts. by Junius( Book )

2 editions published in 1838 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The works of Ben Jonson; with notes critical and explanatory, and a biographical memoir by Ben Jonson( Book )

1 edition published in 1838 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

New York [April 10th] 18[40] M[essrs Allen Hall & Lawrence ...] ... bought of H.R. Robinson. No. 52 Courtlandt Street. by Henry R Robinson( Book )

2 editions published in 1840 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tales and novels by Maria Edgeworth( Book )

3 editions published in 1832 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The playfellow and other stories by S. C Hall( Book )

4 editions published between 1866 and 1870 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

All fours-important state of the game-the knave about to be lost( Visual )

1 edition published in 1836 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The presidential campaign of 1836 viewed as a card game by a satirist in sympathy with the Whigs. Opposing candidates Martin Van Buren (Democrat) and William Henry Harrison (Whig) face each other across a card table. Behind Van Buren stands his vice-presidential running mate Richard M. Johnson. Behind Harrison is incumbent President Andrew Jackson, who smokes a clay pipe and stands on tip-toes to spy on Harrison's hand. With his left hand he signals to Van Buren. Jackson: "What a h---ll of a hand old Harrison's got. I'm afraid Martin and Dick Johnson will go off with a flea in their ear." Johnson: "The old general is making signs that Harrison has the two highest trump cards and low. Martin he'll catch your Jack and then the jig's up! You'd better beg." Van Buren: "I ask one." Harrison: "Take it! now look out for your Jack!" On the wall above the table is a painting of the Battle of the Thames, one of Harrison's celebrated military victories a well as the occasion on which Johnson is reported to have slain the Indian chief Tecumseh. The print is probably by Robinson draughtsman Edward W. Clay, judging from its similarity to his "Grand Match Between the Kinderhook Poney ..." (no. 1836-14) and other signed work of the period
All on hobbies, gee up, gee ho!( Visual )

1 edition published in 1838 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The major figures in American national politics in 1838 are gently satirized, each characterized as riding a favorite issue or "hobbyhorse." At the lead (far left) is President Martin Van Buren, riding a horse "Sub-Treasury," which he calls his "Old Hickory nag." The artist refers to Van Buren's independent treasury program, a system whereby federal funds were to be administered by revenue-collecting agencies or local "sub-treasuries" rather than by a national bank. The Independent Treasury Bill was perceived as an outgrowth of predecessor Jackson's anti-Bank program. Another hobbyhorse, "United States Bank" (center), is shared by Whig senators Henry Clay and Daniel Webster, leaders of congressional opposition to Jackson and Van Buren's respective fiscal agendas. Clay says, "Either you or I must get off Dan, for this horse wont carry double!" Webster responds, "Dash my Whig if I get off Hal!" Directly behind Van Buren Democratic Senator Thomas Hart Benton rides a horse "Specie Currency," an allusion to Benton's championing of hard money economics. Benton was identified with administration efforts to curb the use of currency in favor of "specie" or coin, and to increase the ratio of gold to silver in circulation. He says, "My Golden Poney carries more weight than any of them!" Behind Clay and Webster is South Carolina senator John C. Calhoun, advocate of state's rights and the driver of Southern nullification of the "Tariff of Abominations." On the right are William Henry Harrison, in military uniform and riding an "Anti-Masonic" hobby, and Massachusetts Congressman John Quincy Adams on his "Abolition" mount. Harrison's horse is named after the party which supported his 1836 bid for the Presidency. When he says, ". . . unless there is another Morgan abduction, I'm afraid he'll [the horse] lose his wind!" he alludes to the suspicious 1826 death of William Morgan (purportedly at the hands of Masons) which fueled considerable anti-Masonic sentiment in the United States. Adams laments, "This horse, instead of being my Topaz, is my Ebony."
The buffalo hunt( Visual )

1 edition published in 1848 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An optimistic view of the presidential prospects of Martin Van Buren, nominated at the Free Soil Party's August 1848 convention in Buffalo, New York. Here Van Buren rides a buffalo and thumbs his nose as he sends Democratic candidate Lewis Cass (left) and Whig Zachary Taylor flying. Both are about to land in Salt River. Van Buren says defiantly, "Clear the track! or I'll Ram you both!" Cass, whose "Wilmot Proviso" hat has already landed in the river, exclaims, "Confound this Wilmot Proviso, I'm afraid it will lead to something bad." (On the Wilmot Proviso see "Whig Harmony," no. 1848-21.) Cass's opposition to the proviso put him at odds with a large number of Democrats. Taylor speculates, "If I had stood on the Whig platform firmly, this would not have happened." He cites his reluctance to decisively embrace the regular Whig party doctrines. His cap flies in the air, spilling a packet of "Dead Letters." (On the "dead letter" matter see "The Candidate of Many Parties," no. 1848-24.)
New edition of MacBeth. Bank-oh's! Ghost( Visual )

1 edition published in 1837 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Another satire on the Panic of 1837, again condemning Van Buren's continuation of predecessor Andrew Jackson's hard-money policies as the source of the crisis. Clay shows the president haunted by the ghost of Commerce, which is seated at the far right end of a table which he shares with a southern planter (far left) and a New York City Tammany Democrat. Commerce has been strangled by the Specie Circular, an extremely unpopular order issued by the Jackson administration in December 1836, requiring collectors of public revenues to accept only gold or silver (i.e., "specie") in payment for public lands. The ghost displays a sheaf of papers, including one marked "Repeal of the Specie Circular," and notices of bank failures in New Orleans, Philadelphia, and New York. Van Buren recoils at the sight of the specter, exclaiming, "Never shake thy gory locks at me, thou can'st not say I did it." Jackson, in a bonnet and dress made of bunting, turns away saying, "Never mind him gentlemen, the creature's scared, and has some conscience left; but by the Eternal we must shake that out of him." Planter (a note reading "Cotton Planters Specie in "Purse." Alabama" protrudes from his pocket): "No credit. Huzza!!" Tammany Irishman (raising a glass): "Down with the Bank!!"
"Misery acquaints a man with strange bed-fellows"( Visual )

1 edition published in 1848 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A satire on the unlikely alliance of rival editors Horace Greeley and James Watson Webb in support of Zachary Taylor for the presidency in 1848. Unlike Webb, one of Taylor's earliest and most enthusiastic New York supporters, Greeley refused to endorse Taylor until late in September 1848. Here, he and the bewhiskered Webb lie side-by-side in a large, canopied "Bed of Availability." Greeley: "Webb dont you think we can get the Government Printing [contracts] after the 4th of next March?" March 4 was the constitutionally established inauguration day until modified by the Twentieth Amendment. Webb: "We might have got it if you had followed your Partner's advice sooner; as it is now, I'm afraid Taylor will be defeated; & there is that dam'd Letter of Willis Hall's." During his campaign, Taylor was a prolific letter writer. In the foreground stands a night table holding copies of Greeley's New York "Tribune" and Webb's "Courier and Enquirer." A spittoon is on the floor near the foot of the bed, and the two men's clothes rest on chairs nearby. On the far wall of the bedchamber hangs a framed portrait of Taylor
A political movement( Visual )

1 edition published in 1840 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The artist forecasts with obvious relish the ouster of Van Buren and his cronies from office by William Henry Harrison. Van Buren is shown leaving Washington in a large cart drawn by supporters (left to right) Thomas Hart Benton, Levi Woodbury, and John C. Calhoun, and pushed from behind by Francis Preston Blair. The cart is piled high with a large sphere marked "Solitary and Alone," an issue of Blair's newspaper the "Globe," a box of "Mint Drops," and a throne, scepter, and crown. Tied beneath the cart are several dogs marked "Cuba," referring to the administration's controversial use of Cuban bloodhounds against the Seminoles in Florida. (See "The Secretary of War" and "A Bivouack in Safety," nos. 1840-5 and -6.) Henry Clay (on the White House steps at right) presents Van Buren with a "notice to quit" and holds a large key in his left hand. Behind him stands William Henry Harrison. Van Buren: "Push a head Blair, let's get out of this ungrateful City. This is the reward of all my patriotic service." Blair: "Hard work to get out of this City Globe and all but go we must." Benton: "Take care of my 'mint drops' we shall want them in Missouri." "Mint drops" was a colloquialism for gold coins, referring to bullionist Benton's advocacy of a high ratio of gold to silver in circulation. Calhoun: "It's a heavy car to draw Mr. Secretary." Woodbury: Yes--but we have notice to quit and must carry off all we can." Harrison: "Softly, don't hurry the Gentleman. See him safe to his farm. Take care of his moveables." Clay: "He has fairly carried off the spoils General."
The times( Visual )

1 edition published in 1837 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A commentary on the depressed state of the American economy, particularly in New York, during the financial panic of 1837. Again, the blame is laid on the treasury policies of Andrew Jackson, whose hat, spectacles, and clay pipe with the word "Glory" appear in the sky overhead. Clay illustrates some of the effects of the depression in a fanciful street scene, with emphasis on the plight of the working class. A panorama of offices, rooming houses, and shops reflects the hard times. The Customs House, carrying a sign "All Bonds must be paid in Specie," is idle. In contrast, the Mechanics Bank next door, which displays a sign "No specie payments made here," is mobbed by frantic customers. Principal figures are (from left to right): a mother with infant (sprawled on a straw mat), an intoxicated Bowery tough, a militiaman (seated, smoking), a banker or landlord encountering a begging widow with child, a barefoot sailor, a driver or husbandman, a Scotch mason (seated on the ground), and a carpenter. These are in contrast to the prosperous attorney "Peter Pillage," who is collected by an elegant carriage at the far right. In the background are a river, Bridewell debtors prison, and an almshouse. A punctured balloon marked "Safety Fund" falls from the sky. The print was issued in July 1837. A flag flying on the left has the sarcastic words, "July 4th 1837 61st Anniversary of our Independence."
Fanny Ellsler's last seranade or the soap-locks disgraceful attack upon the Germans( Visual )

1 edition published in 1840 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A riot scene: German parade musicians (possibly accompanying touring ballerina Fanny Elssler) are attacked and beaten with their own instruments by a gang of toughs (or "Soap-Locks" for the long, soaped hair locks fashionable among them) on a New York street. Onlookers watch from the windows of a nearby building. The cries of the assailants and their victims appear in the lower margin. They range from "Dam you I'll make you remember new years night," "Dam the Dutch!" and "This must be the fellow who shot Armstrong" (from the assailants) to "I am Murder'd" and "Fuerst, help! help!" (from the Germans). A man in the middle of the mob shouts, "I command the Peace." The less-than-sympathetic portrayal of the victims, and the scene's unmistakable comic undertones betray a definite anti-foreigner sentiment on the artist's part. The artist is Napoleon Sarony, judging from the print's pronounced stylistic and technical similarity to his "The New Era or the Effects of a Standing Army" (no. 1840-3). "Fanny Elssler's Last Serenade" was registered for copyright on August 17, 1840
The strife between an old hunker, a barn-burner and a no party man( Visual )

1 edition published in 1848 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Treasury note( Visual )

1 edition published in 1837 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A parody of the often worthless fractional currencies or "shinplasters" issued by banks, businesses, and municipalities in lieu of coin. These fractional notes proliferated during the Panic of 1837 with the emergency suspension of specie (i.e., gold and silver) payments by New York banks on May 10, 1837. "Treasury Note" differs from two similar mock bank notes, "6 Cents. Humbug Glory Bank" and "Fifty Cents. Shin Plaster" (nos. 1837-10 and -11) in being payable "out of the joint funds of the United States Treasury." It may mimic the interim notes, first proposed by the administration in September 1837, to be issued by the federal government to relieve the shortage of gold and silver during the crisis. The artist broadly attacks President Van Buren's pursuit of predecessor Andrew Jackson's hard-money policies as the source of the crisis. Witness the caricature at the right, of Jackson as an ass excreting coins or "Mint Drops," collected in a hat by a Van Buren monkey. Note also the presence of the former President at left, as an old woman clad in bunting, standing near a cracked globe (a punning allusion to the name of Francis Preston Blair's administration organ newspaper). The print also caricatures Missouri Senator Thomas Hart Benton, an ardent bullionist and supporter of Jackson's and Van Buren's fiscal programs. Benton is shown as a tumblebug pushing a large ball, a motif given fuller treatment in "N. Tom O' Logical Studies" (no. 1837-14). In the main scene Van Buren appears as a winged monster on a wagon driven by Calhoun and drawn by a team of men in yokes through a narrow arch labeled "Wall Street" and "Safety Fund Banks." This may refer to the influence Van Buren exerted on New York banks through the Safety Fund system, whereby member banks observed a certain ratio of notes (paper money) to specie (coin) set by a state banking commission. The wagon crushes several men beneath its wheels. The Van Buren beast reclines on several weapons (symbolizing treachery) and sacks of treasury notes. In his tail he grasps a torch, having set off the destruction of a town which burns in the distance. Nearby stand Andrew Jackson and another man, perhaps fiscal adviser Reuben Whitney or Treasury Secretary Levi Woodbury. Jackson says, "I did not think John C. could crack such a good whip." The second man responds, "Oh! Matty has had him in training, the nullifying turncoat." This is a swipe at Whig senator John Calhoun's recent support for Democratic measures in Congress
"Worse than a Spanish Inquisition"( Visual )

1 edition published in 1839 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A commentary on the workings of the January 1839 congressional probe of the Treasury Department in the wake of the Swartwout embezzlement. (See "Price Current" and "Sub Treasurers Meeting in England," nos. 1838-21 and -20.) Led by administration opponent Henry A. Wise and chaired by James Harlan, the committee scrutinized procedures and irregularities in the reporting and handling of federal funds by Treasury Department officials. Here the artist seems unusually sympathetic to Treasury Secretary Levi Woodbury. The secretary sits strapped into a "Scrutiny chair" with its seat of nails, probed and drilled by various committee members including Wise, who bores into his skull at upper right, and Harlan, who sniffs Woodbury's palm saying, "I must say there is no smell of gold on the palm. Tho' he did let others steal I don't think he shared in the booty!" The secretary's left foot is caught in an animal trap. His right leg is stretched to the left by a winch whose base is labeled "Power to employ a Clerk ... to employ a Printer, . ., to send for Persons & Papers." William C. Dawson (seated listening through a horn to Woodbury's stomach) says, "Strange sounds in his lower regions. He seems Dispeptic. Possibly Wise's speech has disagreed with him . . ." Standing committee member with forceps: "What a grip he has! but open you shall! Here are secrets worth knowing! He opens the other hand readily enough to Harlan! but this, he keeps as tight as a vice!" Another, boring into Woodbury's right ear: "This must be his deaf ear. They say he kept one for complaints against his Officers . . ." Another, focussing a magnifying glass on Woodbury's temple: "There is no more fire in his brain than in a heap of mouldy straw . . ." Wise: "It seems to me, I shall never get thro' his skull. No hope of discoveries in that quarter! . . ." Another committee member: "No wonder he could not smell out Swartwout's defalcation, the olfactory nerve is wholly wanting!" Another committee member, drilling Woodbury's left side: "My augur is like to be buried! What a "deep" Financier!" The names of the Swartwout investigation committee are listed on a paper at lower right. Weitenkampf mistakes the central figure for Van Buren
Sub-treasury system, or, Office holders elysium( Visual )

1 edition published in 1838 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

High places in government like steep rocks only accessible to eagles and reptiles( Visual )

1 edition published in 1836 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Campaign satire predicting Whig presidential candidate William Henry Harrison's ascendancy over Democrat Martin Van Buren. In the center of the print is a mountain with a statue of George Washington, "Pater Patriae," on its pinnacle. Descending the mountain is incumbent President Jackson, portrayed as a snapping turtle. Van Buren is a snake, slithering out of a "Pool of Corruption" below as Harrison, an eagle, flies overhead. Jackson: "Here I go full of glory! Martin my boy look out for Harrison he'll be down upon you like an eagle." Van Buren: "What does the old snapper say. D--n Harrison he cant "crawl"1along as I can." Harrison: "No but I can "fly" ahead of you."
A Select Committee of Enquiry hard at work( Visual )

1 edition published in 1839 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A swipe at the integrity of the House of Representatives committee investigating the Swartwout scandal under Van Buren's administration (see "Price Current" and "Sub Treasurers Meeting in England," nos. 1838-21 and -20). Here the eight committee members unsuccessfully attempt to literally whitewash a giant Treasury Secretary Levi Woodbury. Several apply "virtue" with brushes and a hose, while another pours a bucket of "lucid intellect" over Woodbury's head. Their brushes and hoses are labeled "force," "untiring," and "purity." Meanwhile they express their frustration in remarks like "I'll lay on enough if that will do any good," "This whitewash is too thin, it will never cover; only look at his hands!" and "The fellow that sold us this virtue is a cheat; there's no substance in it, it won't stick on." One of the men stands on a chest similar to the one in "Professor Wise . . ." (no. 1839-9). The efforts are overseen by a man in a high chair who says, "Gentlemen, Your assiduity and devotion are noticed in a certain quarter, and I am directed to say, their reward is sure ... Is there virtue enough? if not I will send and get more."
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Robinson, H. R. (Henry R.), -1850

Robinson, Henry R., d. 1850

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