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Artist:
Rembrandt Peale, 22 Feb 1778 - 3 Oct 1860  Search this
Sitter:
James Monroe, 28 Apr 1758 - 4 Jul 1831  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
73.7 x 60.3cm (29 x 23 3/4")
Frame: 88.9 x 77.5cm (35 x 30 1/2")
Type:
Painting
Place:
United States\District of Columbia\Washington
Date:
1817-1825
Exhibition Label:
When James Monroe was elected president in 1816, America was in the midst of an "Era of Good Feelings," a phrase coined by a Boston newspaperman. Although the Treaty of Ghent merely restored prewar relations between Britain and America, much had changed. Britain was no longer a threat on the northern border, its alliances with the Indians ended. Albert Gallatin noted the reappearance of "national feelings." Jeffersonian Presidents Madison and Monroe adopted a nationalistic tone and endorsed Federalist policies: a national bank, tariffs on manufactures, and internal improvements. This "shimmering illusion" of harmony lasted until the Panic of 1819, which brought severe credit contraction, business failures, and hardships for debtors and farmers. That same year, however, Spain ceded to the United States all claims to both Florida and the Pacific Northwest. A new national excitement would soon emerge around the figure of Andrew Jackson.
Topic:
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair  Search this
James Monroe: Male  Search this
James Monroe: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer  Search this
James Monroe: Politics and Government\State Legislator\Virginia  Search this
James Monroe: Military\Army\Officer\Revolution  Search this
James Monroe: Politics and Government\Congressman\Continental congressman  Search this
James Monroe: Politics and Government\Cabinet Member\Secretary of War  Search this
James Monroe: Military\Army\Officer\Captain  Search this
James Monroe: Politics and Government\President of US  Search this
James Monroe: Education\Administrator\University\Trustee  Search this
James Monroe: Politics and Government\Cabinet Member\Secretary of State  Search this
James Monroe: Politics and Government\Diplomat\Minister  Search this
James Monroe: Politics and Government\Governor\Virginia  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library
Website: https://jamesmonroemuseum.umw.edu/
Object number:
JM 76.206
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm49b5633e0-ac06-4985-98c4-87ab85c29ea0
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_JM_76.206