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Artist:
Thomas Doney, active mid 19th Century  Search this
Copy after:
James A. Whitehorne, 22 Aug 1803 - 31 Mar 1888  Search this
Victor Piard, active c. 1840 - c. 1870  Search this
Anthony, Clark & Company, active 1838 - c. 1847  Search this
Sitter:
Daniel Webster, 18 Jan 1782 - 24 Oct 1852  Search this
Unidentified Group  Search this
Medium:
Mezzotint and etching on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 68.2 x 91.4cm (26 7/8 x 36")
Sheet: 78.1 x 100.3cm (30 3/4 x 39 1/2")
Mat: 91.4 x 112.7cm (36 x 44 3/8")
Type:
Print
Date:
1846
Exhibition Label:
On August 10, 1846, the United States Senate passed a bill to establish the Smithsonian Institution, which coincidentally occurred at the time this mezzotint was being offered for sale at ten dollars a copy. Nearly four years in the making, the picture was a composite of daguerreotypes taken during the past three sessions of Congress especially for this mezzotint. Individuals included prominent senators Daniel Webster, Henry Clay, and John C. Calhoun, and former president John Quincy Adams, who was representing his Massachusetts district in the House of Representatives. Adams was an enthusiastic proponent for establishing the Smithsonian Institution, while Calhoun voted against the bill.
The year 1846 also marked the start of America's war with Mexico. Territory acquired from the vanquished Mexicans would ultimately fuel acrimonious debate about the most polarizing issue of that era-the extension of slavery into new territories.
Topic:
Costume\Headgear\Hat  Search this
Printed Material\Document  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair\Armchair  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Desk  Search this
Nature & Environment\Animal\Bird\Eagle  Search this
Interior\Legislative chamber  Search this
Daniel Webster: Male  Search this
Daniel Webster: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer  Search this
Daniel Webster: Politics and Government\US Congressman\Massachusetts  Search this
Daniel Webster: Politics and Government\Cabinet Member\Secretary of State  Search this
Daniel Webster: Politics and Government\US Senator\Massachusetts  Search this
Daniel Webster: Politics and Government\US Congressman\New Hampshire  Search this
Daniel Webster: Education\Orator  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.75.79
See more items in:
National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.75.79