Grover Cleveland as Hamlet

This cartoon imitates Act I Scene IV of "Hamlet," in which Horatio and Marcellus try to stop Hamlet from following the ghost of his father. The ghost in the cartoon has the word "Reform" written on his crown. This refers to civil service reform, a central tenet of Grover Cleveland's first administration (1885-89). As the two spoilsmen try to restrain him, Cleveland/Hamlet says: "Still am I called. Unhand me, gentlemen. By heaven, I'll make a ghost of him that lets me! I say away! -- Go on, I'll follow thee." The cartoon is by George Yost Coffin (1850-96) and was published in the Washington weekly "The Hatchet."

Date:
1886
Original Format:
Cartoon
Item#:
22.186
Height:
2758px
Width:
2170px
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