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Scene in Washington. Sunday Feby. 25. 1838

Author: W Chambers
Publisher: 1838.
Edition/Format:   Image : Graphic : Original artwork : English
Publication:American cartoon print filing series (Library of Congress)
Database:WorldCat
Summary:
A caricature of James Watson Webb, prominent Whig editor of the "Morning Courier and New York Enquirer." Webb is shown parading, armed to the teeth, along Pennsylvania Avenue. He carries a sword cane, a musket, a knife, and several pistols. The print followed the widely publicized killing of Maine Congressman Jonathan Cilley by Kentucky Representative William J. Graves in a duel on February 24, 1838. The duel was  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Caricatures
Lithographs
Named Person: Jesse Atherton Bynum; Jonathan Cilley; Matthew L Davis; Alexander Duncan; W J Graves; J Watson Webb; Jesse Atherton Bynum; Jonathan Cilley; Matthew L Davis; Alexander Duncan; W J Graves; J Watson Webb
Material Type: Graphic, Original artwork, Internet resource
Document Type: Visual material, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: W Chambers
OCLC Number: 299944633
Notes: Entered . . . 1838 by W. Chambers . . . Southern District of New York.
The Library's impression of the print was deposited for copyright on March 23, 1838. Eight days later Chambers copyrighted a second print on the same affair, "The New Code of Chivalry or What We Would Have Done" (no. 1838-18). Yet another Chambers print, an anti-Clay caricature (no. 1838-16), uses the same "Scene in Washington" title and is very similar in format.
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Description: 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 38.4 x 29.1 cm. (image)

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A caricature of James Watson Webb, prominent Whig editor of the "Morning Courier and New York Enquirer." Webb is shown parading, armed to the teeth, along Pennsylvania Avenue. He carries a sword cane, a musket, a knife, and several pistols. The print followed the widely publicized killing of Maine Congressman Jonathan Cilley by Kentucky Representative William J. Graves in a duel on February 24, 1838. The duel was initially provoked by Webb, who became the object of the considerable public outrage aroused by the murder. Subsequently two of Cilley's allies, Representatives Jesse A. Bynum of North Carolina and Alexander Duncan of Ohio, threatened Webb with physical harm. They are mentioned cryptically in the newspaper account, ascribed to "Courier and Enquirer" correspondent Matthew L. Davis ("Spy in Washington"), quoted in the print: "In consequence of various threats and intimations thrown out by D***** B**** and others, that Col [Webb] would receive personal chastisement; he found it necessary to show himself to his chivalric friends which he did by twice walking the length of the Pennsylvania Avenue." The artist has Webb saying, "I'm a small Army in Myself: I am afraid there is not much danger here after all." He is followed by a turkey in full plumage, a symbol of his pompous, arrogant nature.

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