This political cartoon by David Claypoole Johnston features a figurative portrayal of the presidential race of 1824. A crowd of cheering citizens watch as candidates (left to right) John Quincy Adams, William Crawford, and Andrew Jackson stride toward the finish.
Henry Clay has dropped from the race and stands, hand on head, on the far right saying, “D–n it I cant save my distance–so I may as well “draw up.”"
He is consoled by a man in riding clothes, “Well dont distress yourself–there’ll be some scrubbing by & by & then you’ll have a chance.” Assorted comments come from the crowd, reflecting various sectional and partisan views.
A Westerner with stovepipe hat and powder horn: “Hurra for our Jacks-”son.”"
Former President John Adams: “Hurra for our son “Jack.”"
Two men in coachmen’s livery: “That inne-track fellow [Crawford] goes so well; that I think he must have got the better of the bots [boss?].” and “Like enough; but betwixt you & I–I dont think he’ll ever get the better of the “Quinsy.”"
A ragged Irishman: “Blast my eyes if I dont “venter” a “small” horn of rotgut on that “bald filly” in the middle [Adams].”
A Frenchman: “Ah hah! Mon’s Neddy I tink dat kick on de “back of you side” is worse den have no dinner de fourt of july.”
In the left background is a platform and an inaugural scene, the “Presidential Chair” with a purse.” (Library of Congress)