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Artist:
Thomas Gimbrede, 1781 - 1832  Search this
Copy after:
John Vanderlyn, 1776 - 1852  Search this
Sitter:
James Monroe, 28 Apr 1758 - 4 Jul 1831  Search this
Medium:
Engraving on paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 36.3 x 25.7 cm (14 5/16 x 10 1/8")
Mat: 55.9 x 40.6 cm (22 x 16")
Type:
Print
Date:
1817
Exhibition Label:
Born Westmoreland County, Virginia
Thomas Gimbrede's engraving served as the principal presidential image of James Monroe, becoming the most widely disseminated image during Monroe's years in office. Artist John Vanderlyn commissioned the print, based on his own painted portrait, in the spring of 1816, when he learned of Monroe's presidential aspirations. The engraving began circulating just after the president's inauguration in March of 1817. Vanderlyn, a houseguest and close friend of the then-secretary of state, had recently finished painting two almost identical portraits of Monroe. James Madison had commissioned the original, which pleased Monroe enough to request another for himself. From Monroe's version, now owned by the National Portrait Gallery, Vanderlyn made a quick sketch to function as the engraver's model. Guided by this drawing, Gimbrede offered the first engraved image of the fifth president in this print.
Topic:
Home Furnishings\Drape  Search this
Architecture\Column  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  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:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.2008.118
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4cddc47f7-42e8-4444-9e8b-8fd3a2b1ad83
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.2008.118