The spirit of Tweed is mighty still "...and even yet you...

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Cartoon drawing shows a ghostly William Marcy "Boss" Tweed standing in prison with a diamond shining bright despite his prison uniform and the fact that he had died eight years previously. He leans against a placard showing men laying sacks of money on the lap of Justice that reads "Bribery & corruption right under her nose every day in the week." Tweed died in a New York City jail in 1878 after being convicted of forgery and larceny. Thomas Nast had dedicated his career to bringing down the Tweed Ring with a series of famous cartoons, and continued to use the power of pen against those who remained to run Tammany Hall, the executive committee of the Democratic Party in New York City. Tammany remained a strong entity well into the twentieth century. This was one of the last of Thomas Nast's cartoons to appear on the pages of Harper's weekly.

Part of the U.S. Library of Congress's Cabinet of American illustration (Library of Congress).

Nast, Thomas, 1840-1902, artist
  • Cartoons (Commentary)--American.
  • Drawings--American.
  • Periodical illustrations.
  • 1 drawing : pen and ink with scraping out ; 20.5 x 20.3 cm. (sheet)
  • Title on verso.
  • Gift; William Patten; (DLC/PP-1932:0029).
  • Forms part of: Cabinet of American illustration (Library of Congress).
  • Published in: Harper's weekly, 30:835 (Dec. 18, 1886).
  • Published in: Viewpoints; a selection from the pictorial collections of the Library of Congress ... Washington : Library of Congress ..., 1975, no. 86.
  • Exhibited in: American Treasures of the Library of Congress.


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