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Robinson, Henry R. -1850

Works: 400 works in 417 publications in 3 languages and 659 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Drama  Comedy plays  Portraits  Biography  Music‡vTexts  Juvenile works  Fiction  Songbooks  Songs 
Roles: Author, Engraver, Printer
Classifications: PS2250, 811.3
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Most widely held works by Henry R Robinson
The vision of judgment; or, A present for the Whigs of '76 & '37. : In ten parts. by Junius( )

2 editions published in 1838 in English and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

5 editions published between 1866 and 1870 in English and held by 76 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 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The amulet, or, Christian and literary remembrancer( Book )

1 edition published in 1828 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The works of Ben Jonson by Ben Jonson( Book )

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

The poetical works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: with bibliographical and critical notes. In six volumes by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow( Book )

3 editions published between 1856 and 1857 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The last volume of the six-part series includes some of Longfellow's later work. It also highlights his work as a translator, divided by language
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 )

4 editions published in 1832 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Literary souvenir, and cabinet of modern art( Book )

1 edition published in 1835 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Galerie des femmes de George Sand by Paul Lacroix( Book )

4 editions published in 1843 in French and Spanish and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Moore's Irish melodies by Thomas Moore( Book )

1 edition published in 1866 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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."
Caucus on the Surplus Bill( Visual )

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

A derisive view of Andrew Jackson's reluctant, politically-minded endorsement of the Distribution Act, or "Surplus Bill," a measure authorizing distribution of surplus federal funds among the states. Facing the prospect of an almost certain Congressional override should he veto the bill, Jackson signed it on June 23, 1836, abetting Vice-President Van Buren's bid for the presidency that year. The cartoon shows Jackson (right), Van Buren (left) and Van Buren running-mate Richard M. Johnson, seated at a table pondering the bill. Jackson (with a quill in his teeth, and a spittoon or brazier by his feet): What the devil shall I do Matty, with this Bill? if I veto it the cursed Whigs are strong enough to pass it!! Van Buren (head in hand): We are in a bad box General; I'm dead against giving away a dollar, but as you say, needs must when the devil drives!! Kendall/Johnson: It's hard to part with our Surplus, but the people are too strong for us!! The print is evidently a reversed copy of a print by the same title published by H.R. Robinson in June 1836 at 48 Courtlandt Street
Treasury note( Visual )

1 edition published in 1837 in English and held by 3 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
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
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
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.)
The poetical works of Edward Young by Edward Young( Book )

1 edition published in 1834 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Houston, Santa Anna, and Cos( Visual )

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

This cartoon, published in New York by Henry R. Robinson in 1836, is a portrayal of the surrender of Santa Anna to Sam Houston. The scene is a dramatization of the actual events, as the heroic Houston proclaims, "You are two bloody villains, and to treat you as you deserve, I ought to have you shot as an example! Remember the Alamo and Fannin!"
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
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Alternative Names
Robinson, H. R. (Henry R.), -1850

Robinson, Henry R., d. 1850