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Artist:
E. Luigi Persico, 1791 - 1860  Search this
Sitter:
Nicholas Biddle, 8 Jan 1786 - 27 Feb 1844  Search this
Medium:
Plaster
Dimensions:
Socle footprint: 28.6 x 20.3cm (11 1/4 x 8")
Object w/out socle: 54.6 x 38.1 x 1.6cm (21 1/2 x 15 x 5/8")
Type:
Sculpture
Date:
1838? cast after 1837 original
Exhibition Label:
Born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Congress’ failure to recharter the Bank of the United States and the soaring inflation following the War of 1812 led merchants and many in government to call for a new national bank. The Second National Bank was chartered in 1816. In 1822 Nicholas Biddle was selected to be the bank’s president, which made him one of the most powerful men in the nation. He was able to guide the economy through a spectacular period of growth, but President Andrew Jackson viewed him as bending the acts of government for the “rich and powerful.” Jackson vetoed the bank’s charter in 1832.
Provenance:
Elizabeth Porter Fearing; gift to National Museum of American History; transferred to NPG 1971
Topic:
Nicholas Biddle: Male  Search this
Nicholas Biddle: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer  Search this
Nicholas Biddle: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Financier  Search this
Nicholas Biddle: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Banker  Search this
Nicholas Biddle: Literature\Editor  Search this
Nicholas Biddle: Education\Administrator\College\President  Search this
Nicholas Biddle: Politics and Government\State Legislator\Pennsylvania  Search this
Nicholas Biddle: Politics and Government\State Senator\Pennsylvania  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; transfer from the National Museum of American History; gift of Elizabeth Porter Fearing
Object number:
NPG.71.32
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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.71.32