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Robinson, Henry R. -1850

Works: 346 works in 363 publications in 3 languages and 629 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Drama  Comedy plays  History  Biography  Juvenile works  Portraits  Maps  Speeches  Illustrated works 
Roles: Author, Engraver, Engineer
Classifications: PR2601, 822
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Most widely held works by Henry R Robinson
Sketches of Irish character by S. C Hall( Book )

2 editions published in 1842 in English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The poetical works of Oliver Goldsmith : with a life of the poet by Oliver Goldsmith( Book )

2 editions published in 1895 in English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The works of Ben Jonson by Ben Jonson( Book )

1 edition published in 1838 in English and held by 13 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

Galerie des femmes de George Sand by P. L Jacob( Book )

6 editions published between 1842 and 1867 in French and Spanish and held by 8 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 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tales and novels : in 18 volumes 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 )

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

The would-be mayor preparing to quell a riot( Visual )

1 edition published in 1837 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A disparaging portrayal of New York Tammany Democrats and their candidate for mayor in the April 1837 municipal elections. Here the angular, aristocratic candidate John J. Morgan presents a striking contrast to the rioting Irishmen and Germans of the party's rank and file. Morgan approaches from the right, shaded by an umbrella held by a uniformed attendant as another attendant follows with an armchair. The group is preceded by a Negro boy carrying two pistols. At left a fracas transpires. Two ragged men, possibly members of the Loco Foco faction of the party, look on. One says, "Is that our candidate Bob? introduce me; the party are strangers to him." (The Loco Foco candidate was David R. Jacques). Comments from the brawlers include, "Well, poor Tammany is done over when such a skeleton is to represent the great democracy!" and "Do'nt whistle in the face of the new Mayor, he may catch the grippe!" and "Vel vot of it, who cares for Mr. Morgan, a good puff will blow him away . . ." Despite the fact that Morgan is referred to in the cartoon as mayor, he was defeated in the election by Whig opponent Aaron Clark
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.)
Political race course - Union Track - fall races 1836( Visual )

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

A figurative portrayal -- clearly sympathetic to the Whig party -- of the 1836 presidential election contest as a horse race between four candidates. The four are identified in the legend as (left to right): "Old Tippecanoe" (William Henry Harrison), "The Kinderhook Poney" (Martin Van Buren), "Black Dan of Massachusetts" (Daniel Webster), and "Tennessee White" (Tennessee senator Hugh Lawson White). The horses with the Whig candidates' heads are ridden by figures representing the various sectional interests of the country. Harrison is ridden by a frontiersman in buckskins, Webster by a Jack Downing/Uncle Sam figure symbolizing Yankee New England, and White by a jockey representing Southern agrarian interests. Van Buren, the Democratic candidate, is ridden by his advocate Andrew Jackson. A crowd cheers them on. The print probably appeared early in 1836 when Webster and White's respective hopes for the Whig nomination were still considered realistic. Moreover, the dialogue alludes to the Whig strategy pursued early in the campaign, of dividing the electorate regionally in order to attract the largest number of voters away from Van Buren. The horse in the lead is William Henry Harrison. His rider says: "Old Tip" has been in training but a short time, yet his wind and bottom are staunch as his backers are honest. I say "Old Hickory" that Kinderhook Nag of yours has been over trained!!! Jackson (whipping his horse and losing his hat): By the Eternal! I'll never back a Northern Horse again. They have neither wind nor bottom, and so cursed slippery withal that it's hard to keep your seat on them. The People too are all throwing their caps for "Old Tip" and "White Surrey," while this cursed "cold blooded" animal is disgracing his groom and training. I say Old Boy if you'll stop a minute I'll jump off & beat you myself. Southerner: The game is up! "Old Tip" is winning the prize notwithstanding the training of Old Hickory. I always told him when he was backing that "Cold blooded Kinderhooker;" he would find him wanting bottom in the hour of trial, & any thing but a race horse. Thank God he's beaten! so we may as well hold up." Jack Downing: " ... I guess I'll jist tote along & kinder look out in case Old Tip he mout git a tumble. As for that tarnel "Kinderhooker," by ging he's used up & he wont only be distanced, but I kinder think he'll throw his rider into that 'are dirty pool near the Central Post!" Judging from similarities in theme, drawing style, and rendering of the figures (in particular the Westerner) to Edward Williams Clay's "Set-to Between the Champion Old Tip . . ." (no. 1836-12) attribution to Clay is reasonable
"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
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."
Sheboygan( )

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

Cash payment : arrival of the French cavalry( Visual )

1 edition published in 1836 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
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 Globe man, listening to Webster's speech on the specie circular( Visual )

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

Caricature of a bemused elderly man, perhaps representing the New York City publication, the Globe
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Robinson, H. R. (Henry R.), -1850

Robinson, Henry R., d. 1850