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Artist:
Edgar Parker, 1840 - 1892  Search this
Sitter:
Charles Sumner, 6 Jan 1811 - 11 Mar 1874  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Stretcher: 137.2 x 86.4cm (54 x 34")
Frame: 156.2 x 104.1 x 10.2cm (61 1/2 x 41 x 4")
Type:
Painting
Date:
1874
Exhibition Label:
Born Boston, Massachusetts
In the decade before the Civil War, Massachusetts senator Charles Sumner numbered among the most vehement critics of slavery in Congress. In fact, the harshness of his antislavery speeches led to one of the most dramatic events in Senate history-a physical attack on him in the Senate chamber by a southerner, which left him gravely injured. After the Civil War, Sumner became an ardent champion of the effort to ensure a full measure of rights for the South's newly freed slaves.
Provenance:
(John Foster Ansley, Atlanta): purchase 1969 NPG.
Topic:
Printed Material\Document  Search this
Costume\Jewelry\Chain  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Eyeglasses\Pince-nez  Search this
Charles Sumner: Male  Search this
Charles Sumner: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer  Search this
Charles Sumner: Politics and Government\Statesman  Search this
Charles Sumner: Education\Educator\Lecturer  Search this
Charles Sumner: Politics and Government\US Senator\Massachusetts  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.69.39
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.69.39