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Artist:
Robert Whitechurch, 1814 - c. 1880  Search this
Copy after:
Peter Frederick Rothermel, 1817? - 1895  Search this
Victor Piard, active c. 1840 - c. 1870  Search this
Sitter:
Henry Clay, 12 Apr 1777 - 29 Jun 1852  Search this
Medium:
Engraving on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 65.8 x 86.8cm (25 7/8 x 34 3/16")
Sheet: 79.9 x 96.2cm (31 7/16 x 37 7/8")
Mat: 90.2 x 102.6cm (35 1/2 x 40 3/8")
Type:
Print
Date:
1855
Exhibition Label:
As a member of the U.S. Senate, Henry Clay (1777–1852) had always stood ready to use his substantial influence to make peace whenever issues threatened to divide North and South. His efforts on those occasions had generally been successful. In 1850, however, as the quarrel between the two regions over the westward extension of slavery reached an impasse, Clay seemed too old and frail to stem the crisis. Nevertheless, on February 5, he walked haltingly into the Senate and for two days defended his compromise proposals for achieving sectional peace. Although his measures would not pass through Congress for several months, Clay had again succeeded in disarming the forces of disunion.
El senador estadounidense Henry Clay (1777–1852) siempre estuvo dispuesto a ejercer su considerable influencia conciliadora ante diferencias que amenazaran con dividir el norte y el sur del país. Por lo general, sus esfuerzos habían tenido éxito. Sin embargo, en 1850, a medida que la lucha entre las dos regiones por la expansión de la esclavitud hacia el oeste se acercaba a un impasse, ya Clay parecía demasiado viejo y frágil para poder detener la crisis. No obstante, el 5 de febrero entró al Senado con su andar vacilante y durante dos días defendió su propuesta de acuerdos para lograr la paz entre los sectores. Sus medidas no pasarían el cedazo del Congreso hasta varios meses después, pero una vez más Clay logró vencer las fuerzas de la desunión.
Topic:
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Neckwear\Tie  Search this
Home Furnishings\Lighting Devices\Chandelier  Search this
Architecture\Column  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Table\Writing table  Search this
Nature & Environment\Animal\Bird\Eagle  Search this
Interior\Legislative chamber  Search this
Henry Clay: Male  Search this
Henry Clay: Law and Crime\Lawyer  Search this
Henry Clay: Politics and Government\Presidential candidate  Search this
Henry Clay: Politics and Government\US Congressman\Speaker of the House  Search this
Henry Clay: Politics and Government\Cabinet member\Secretary of State  Search this
Henry Clay: Politics and Government\US Congressman\Kentucky  Search this
Henry Clay: Politics and Government\State Legislator\Kentucky  Search this
Henry Clay: Politics and Government\US Senator\Kentucky  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Mrs. Richard K. Doud
Object number:
NPG.77.11
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Location:
Currently not on view
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4e1473b26-75df-4f69-82c8-39ab04c0cf9e
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.77.11