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Artist:
Endicott Lithography Company, active 1828 - 1886  Search this
Copy after:
Henry Inman, 28 Oct 1801 - 17 Jan 1846  Search this
Unidentified Artist  Search this
Sitter:
Richard Mentor Johnson, 17 Oct 1781 - 18 Nov 1850  Search this
Martin Van Buren, 5 Dec 1782 - 24 Jul 1862  Search this
Medium:
Lithograph on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 52.5 x 38.7cm (20 11/16 x 15 1/4")
Sheet: 73.4 x 56.3cm (28 7/8 x 22 3/16")
Mat: 81.3 x 61cm (32 x 24")
Type:
Print
Date:
1840
Exhibition Label:
Rarely in presidential politics have two men representing the same party been so dissimilar as the 1836 Democratic candidate, Martin Van Buren, and his running-mate, Richard Mentor Johnson. Van Buren was a gentleman of refinement and a savvy New York politician, a master of political circumspection who never gave cause for offense. Johnson, a Kentuckian, paid no heed to the social etiquette of his day and lived openly with his mulatto slave, claiming two children by her, much to the consternation of his constituency. Yet both men, particularly Van Buren, enjoyed the patronage of outgoing president Andrew Jackson, whose popularity influenced the election in their favor. Typical of vice presidents at this time, Johnson never played an active role in Van Buren's single-term administration and became a liability largely because of his lifestyle. This 1840 reelection broadside, however, reminded voters of Johnson's credible military service in the War of 1812.
Topic:
Printed Material\Book  Search this
Nature & Environment\Animal\Bird\Eagle  Search this
Symbols & Motifs\Emblem\Escutcheon  Search this
Poster\Political  Search this
Martin Van Buren: Male  Search this
Martin Van Buren: Politics and Government\US Senator\New York  Search this
Martin Van Buren: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer  Search this
Martin Van Buren: Politics and Government\Vice-President of US  Search this
Martin Van Buren: Politics and Government\Governor\New York  Search this
Martin Van Buren: Politics and Government\President of US  Search this
Martin Van Buren: Politics and Government\Cabinet Member\Secretary of State  Search this
Martin Van Buren: Politics and Government\State Senator\New York  Search this
Martin Van Buren: Politics and Government\State Attorney General\New York  Search this
Richard Mentor Johnson: Male  Search this
Richard Mentor Johnson: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer  Search this
Richard Mentor Johnson: Politics and Government\Vice-President of US  Search this
Richard Mentor Johnson: Military\Army\Officer\War of 1812  Search this
Richard Mentor Johnson: Politics and Government\US Congressman\Kentucky  Search this
Richard Mentor Johnson: Politics and Government\State Legislator\Kentucky  Search this
Richard Mentor Johnson: Politics and Government\US Senator\Kentucky  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.85.45
See more items in:
National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.85.45