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Likeness of Andrew Jackson Donelson

Likeness of Andrew Jackson Donelson

Artist
Sarong & Co., lithographer
Date of Work
c. 1854
Medium
1 print on wove paper: lithograph printed in black, olive, and buff ; image 67 x 46 cm.
Credit
Library of Congress

Likeness of Andrew Jackson Donelson

“Uncle Sam’s Youngest Son, Citizen Know Nothing” was represented by an idealized portrait of a young man published in 1854.

A bust portrait of a young man representing the nativist ideal of the Know Nothing party. He wears a bold tie and a fedora-type hat tilted at a rakish angle. The portrait is framed by intricate carving and scrollwork surmounted by an eagle with a shield, and is draped by an American flag. Behind the eagle is a gleaming star. The flag hangs from a staff at left which has a liberty cap on its end. The Citizen Know Nothing figure appears in several nativist prints of the period (for instance "The Young America Schottisch," no. 1855-5) and is probably an idealized type rather than an actual individual. The publishers, Williams, Stevens, Williams & Company, were art dealers with a gallery on Broadway.