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The election day in Philadelphia

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Print from an unfinished plate by Philadelphia engraver Alexander Lawson, after the 1815 painting (owned by the engraver) titled "Election Scene. State House in Philadelphia" by his friend and genre painter, John Lewis Krimmel that was exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Exhibition of 1816. Depicts the rowdy immoral atmosphere during the afternoon of a Philadelphia election at the the State House on Chestnut Street between Fifth and Sixth Streets. Voters arrive, complete and switch votes, and block the polls as politicians and campaigners, including former mayor John Barker, lobby for votes and engage in debate. A band and patriotic float parade down the street; a tavern quarrel occurs; African American youngsters attempt to rob a distracted female peddler; an oyster vendor does a brisk business; and mothers and couples stroll and children play. Flags are displayed on the buildings, including Peale's Museum.; I.L.[sic] Krimmel, Pinxt, 1815.; Title from duplicate print at Henry Francis Dupont Winterthur Museum.; Plate deposited by artist's daughter at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1887 from which 42 prints were produced between 1888 and 1904.

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