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James G. Blaine restoration by AdamCuerden James G. Blaine restoration by AdamCuerden
Restoration of Bernhard Gillam (1856-1896)'s Phryne before the Chicago Tribunal

Let's face it, this was too hilariously weird NOT to clean up.

To start, let me quote the Library of Congress on this one:

Summary: Illustration showing Republican presidential candidate James G. Blaine, wearing shorts, a bib with the words "Magnetic Pad", and covered with tatoos relating to his various shaddy dealings, standing before Republican delegates who are dressed as Greek senators. Drawing is based on Gerome's painting Pyrne Before the Tribunal.

Basically, this replaces a beautiful woman in the original artwork (which can be seen at [link] ) with a fat, bearded old man.

See also the TVTropes article on Fan Disservice.

Finally, Source details! This is a cleanup of a Library of Congress scan ( [link] ), of a page from June 4, 1884 issue of Puck a major illustrated magazine in America at the time. Time: Well, I did this a bit ago, but I think it was around 6 hours. Removing the crease was somewhat difficult, and there was also the normal other stuff.
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RD-DD1843 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015
Sorry, again a mistake.  William Evarts was Senator from New York, not Maine.  Blaine had been Senator from Maine.
Paquito-2 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013

Et digne de notre grand Daumier, grand dessinateur humoristique et contempteur de la "Comédie humaine à la française"!
Yonaka-Yamako Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
The woman wasn't the only thing that was replaced... :lol:

Ah yes... 130 years of Chicago style politics and still at it. I'm amused by it historical relevance and just goes to show how long this has been going on.
AdamCuerden Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
One of the men almost behind him - just right of his paunch - is gazing at him with a look on his face of extreme contentment. This disturbs me a little =P
RD-DD1843 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015
The man revealed with all the tattoos in this famous Keppler cartoon is Republican Presidential candidate in 1884, Senator James G. Blaine of Maine.  He had been Speaker of the House of Representatives and Garfield''s (and briefly Arthur's) Secretary of State in 1881 and a perennial seeker for the Presidency.  He was actually a very able man, and would return to the State Department under Benjamin Harrison from 1889 to 1892 (he died in 1893 of Bright's Disease).  Blaine had been involved in some questionable deals with railroads (Credit Mobelier Scandal, for example) but had not been derailed in his career.  In fact in 1876 he "read" letters that were supposed to prove his moral turpitude before Congress, but he edited what he had read.  The purpose of the cartoon was to show his various scandals as tattoos.  The pose was based on a then popular painting of an incident in the Roman Republic when an innocent young girl was shown naked before the Roman Senators with similar reactions.  The man removing the cloak/toga from Blaine was Whitlaw Reid, editor of the Republican newspaper the New York Tribune, and he is shocked.  The faces of the Senators are prominent figures of the day - in the front row looking away is the editor of Harper's Weekly Magazine, George William Curtis, who would lead the reform element of the Republicans to support Grover Cleveland (the group were to be named "Mugwumps" believe it or not).  Next to him are the two Senators enjoying the show.  One is William Evarts, Republican Senator from Maine, and the Secretary of State under Rutherford Hayes (and not a friend of Blaine - hence his joy).  The smiling bespeckled figure next to Evarts is former Senator, Missouri newspaperman, and Civil War General, Carl Schurtz (for whom the park Gracie Mansion in Manhattan is in is named for).  He was a fellow reformer, and had been Hayes' Secretary of the Interior (Edward G. Robinson played Schurtz in John Ford's "Cheyenne Autumn").  The serious minded young man with the mustache is Theodore Roosevelt, who had not supported Blaine for the nomination (with Evarts, Schurtz, and Curtis he wanted a reform Senator from Vermont named George Edmunds), but although dismayed here T.R. decided not to bolt the Republicans with the Mugwumps.  Among those behind the front four are Senator John Logan of Illinois, former Civil War general and founder of the G.A.R. - Grand Army of the Republic - as a Republican voting block.  Logan is delighted at the shaming of Blaine because he and Blaine disliked each other (Logan thought Blaine pretentious, Blaine, a well read writer and former teacher thought Logan an ignoramus).  ironically they would be running mates in 1884.  Next to Logan smiling is another reformer, former Treasury Secretary under  (you guessed it - Hayes) John Sherman of Ohio.  Now a U.S. Senator (and brother of the Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman) he had been prevented in 1880 from getting nominated because Blaine and General Grant tied up too many delegates (James Garfield got the nod as a compromise candidate - unfortunately for him).

Blaine and Logan lost to Grover Cleveland and Thomas Hendricks.
RD-DD1843 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015
Sorry, it is a famous GILLIAM cartoon.
Yonaka-Yamako Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010
Given they were all politicians and his contemporaries... It gives pause to wonder. >_<
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