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Martin Van Buren, Happy

Artist
David Claypoole Johnston
Date of Work
ca. 1840
Type
Drawing
Credit
White House Collection/White House Historical Association
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Martin Van Buren, Happy

This stipple drawing of President Martin Van Buren was created by David Claypool Johnston from around 1840. This political cartoon involves the 1840 election, where President Van Buren, then serving as the 8th president of the United States, lost his reelection. In this image Van Buren is smiling, holding a gold goblet with the initials MVB. The gold goblet represents the perception that Van Buren had a regal lifestyle while President. This image is one of two of Van Buren before the election and after the election. Please see image 916 for Johnston's other engraving of President Van Buren.