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Artist:
John Wesley Jarvis, 1780 - 14 Jan 1840  Search this
Sitter:
DeWitt Clinton, 2 Mar 1769 - 11 Feb 1828  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Stretcher: 122.9 x 92.7 x 2.5cm (48 3/8 x 36 1/2 x 1")
Frame: 147 x 116.2 x 11.4cm (57 7/8 x 45 3/4 x 4 1/2")
Type:
Painting
Date:
c. 1816
Exhibition Label:
De Witt Clinton, masterful politician of New York-in and out of office as mayor of the city and governor of the state-was a man who saw America with the potential for unlimited progress. His great dream was for a canal linking the Great Lakes with the Hudson River. When expected federal financing did not materialize, Clinton set out to put public pressure for funding on the state legislature. A bond issue was approved just in time for Clinton, newly elected as governor, to preside over the groundbreaking ceremonies on July 4, 1817. Eight years later, Clinton, returned to office, directed the great celebration of the Erie Canal's completion. "Clinton's Ditch" was a popular and immediate financial success and contributed enormously to the growth and prosperity of New York and the Northwest Territory as well.
Provenance:
Jacob Jennings Brown; Mrs. William E. Everitt, his granddaughter; her niece, Mrs. W. E. Verplanck; Mrs. V. V. Bleecker [Mrs. Thomas Bache Bleecker], her daughter; purchased by(Russell Thorpe); purchased by (M. Knoedler & Co., New York); purchased 1936 by The A. W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust, Pittsburgh; gift to NGA; transferred 1965 to NPG.
Topic:
Interior  Search this
Printed Material\Book  Search this
Printed Material\Document  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair\Armchair  Search this
Printed Material\Papers  Search this
DeWitt Clinton: Male  Search this
DeWitt Clinton: Politics and Government\State Legislator\New York  Search this
DeWitt Clinton: Politics and Government\US Senator\New York  Search this
DeWitt Clinton: Politics and Government\Governor\New York  Search this
DeWitt Clinton: Politics and Government\State Senator\New York  Search this
DeWitt Clinton: Science and Technology\Scientist\Naturalist  Search this
DeWitt Clinton: Politics and Government\Public Official\Mayor\New York, NY  Search this
DeWitt Clinton: Politics and Government\Lieutenant Governor\New York  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; transfer from the National Gallery of Art; gift of the A.W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust, 1942
Object number:
NPG.65.53
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Exhibition:
American Origins
On View:
NPG, East Gallery 136
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.65.53