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The Mountain in Labour

D 16 janvier 2015     H 09:36     A Annie Lesca     C 0 messages

Political cartoon showing 1872 Liberal Republicans gathered around a mountain witnessing the birth of its candidate, a mouse labeled "H. G." (Horace Greeley, the candidate for president) with a tail labeled "Gratz Brown" (the vice-presidential candidate). The scene is apparently based on a quotation from Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus). Appeared in Harper’s Weekly, May 18, 1872, p. 392

by Thomas Nast (1840–1902), the father of the American cartoon, creator of

  • the modern version of Santa Claus
  • and the political symbol of the elephant for the Republican Party.

As a political cartoonist, Thomas Nast wielded more influence than any other artist of the 19th century. He not only enthralled a vast audience with boldness and wit, but swayed it time and again to his personal position on the strength of his visual imagination. Both Lincoln and Grant acknowledged his effectiveness in their behalf, and as a crusading civil reformer he helped destroy the corrupt Tweed Ring that swindled New York City of millions of dollars. Indeed, his impact on American public life was formidable enough to profoundly affect the outcome of every presidential election during the period 1864 to 1884. Albert Boime, "Thomas Nast and French Art," American Art Journal (1972) 4#1 pp. 43-65

Sources on wikipedia

Thomas Nast

The Mountain in labour

And don’t start like the old writer of epic cycles :
‘Of Priam’s fate I’ll sing, and the greatest of Wars.’
What could he produce to match his opening promise ?
Mountains will labour : what’s born ? A ridiculous mouse !
Horace, The Art of Poetry, (Ep.II.3, 136–9)

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