Grand National Whig Banner. "Onward."
This colored lithograph depicts the 1844 Whig presidential party ticket: Henry Clay (left) for president and Theodore M. Frelinghuysen (right) for vice president. An eagle holds an American flag in its beak as it hovers above the two candidates who are framed in laurel. Their campaign slogan, "Justice to Harry of the West," is inscribed above them. The Democratic Party nominees, James K. Polk for president and George M. Dallas for vice president, defeated the Whig candidates in the general election.
This is a so-called election banner, a profitable item produced in the nineteenth century during political campaigns.This type of lithograph featured a double portrait of presidential running mates that was designed to evoke a large banner that might be carried in a political parade. In reality, the lithograph would be hung on an interior wall.