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Presidential Portraits


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Please note that though we try to keep these pages up to date, we may have other Presidential portraits not listed here.
Please contact us if you would like a current list of any President, and also visit our page of small portraits.

Group Images

Nathaniel Currier's 1844 Presidential Group

The Gale listing includes six versions of Currier's popular group portrait issued in 1844, each showing Polk as "President Elect." The following are hand colored, small folio prints issued by N. Currier in 1844. Each shows Washington, just above an image of the Declaration of Independence, and surrounded by the following ten Presidents.

Currier & Ives. [The first eleven presidents depicted individually with a single extra print celebrating them.] All twelve in early nineteenth century frames typical of those fashioned by N. Currier and C. Ives. Stone lithography with water colors. Small folios. To 1845. All prints stable. Framed with archival materials.

An impressive array of portraits of the first eleven presidents from Washington to James K. Polk who in 1845 was "President Elect" about to begin his presidency as the administration that added more square miles to the lands of the United States than any other administration before or since. Acquiring this collection required a previous owner to assemble this set over a twenty five year period. Some such as Washington, John Adams, and Jackson are numerous, but others such as J.Q. Adams, Van Buren and Harrison are scarcer. The twelfth and key print features the signing of the Declaration of Independence in the center. The set $6,800

President Taylor & Cabinet
"President Taylor and His Cabinet." Photographs. New York: Mathew B. Brady, 1849. Printed by lithography. Sheet 15 1/4 x 23 3/4 laid onto a sheet 20 1/2 x 27 (overall dimensions. Five repaired tears on the heavier mounting sheet. Lithograph drawn on stone by Davingnon & Hoffman. Printed by Nagel & Weingarten, New York. Some slight staining, but overall an interesting, effective impression.

At Mathew Brady's photography studios in New York and Washington separate portrait photographs were taken and then redrawn as a grouping to show President Zachary Taylor's cabinet left to right Reverdy Johnson (1796-1876), William Morris Meredith (1799-1873), William Ballard Preston (1805-1862, Zachary Taylor (1784-1850), George Walker Crawford (1798-1872), Jacob Collamer (1791-1865), Thomas Ewing (1789-1871), and John Middleton Clayton (1796-1856). Francis D'Avignon (ca. 1814-?) and Abram Hoffman (fl. 1849-1860) used the photographs to draw the portraits on stone.

Zachary Taylor (1784-1850) was affectionately called, "Old Rough and Ready," due to his active military career in the War of 1812, many Indian War campaigns, and the Mexican War. This is one of the earliest group portraits of a presidential cabinet in the United States. $850

Presidents, First Century
"Presidents Of The United States Of America, First Century." Washington: T.S. Arthur & Son., 1876. Engraving by J.R. Rice. 14 1/4 x 22 7/8. Strong impression. Very good condition.

A striking group portrait of the Presidents of the United States issued at the time of the Centennial. This engraving, with the images based "From Authentic Portraits," was issued in Washington, D.C. and it distinctively celebrates the Chief Executives of the "First Century." 18 oval portraits are laid out on an engraved background and the quality of the engraving, with the rich impression, makes this gallery a most impressive decorative as well as historical document. Facsimile signatures of the Presidents are placed below the image. We have not found any reference to this print, nor have we seen it before, so it is rare as it is wonderful. $950

America's Greatest Patriots
"America's Greatest Patriots." Chicago: Kurz & Allison, [1890]-1891. Ca 16 1/2 x 22. Lithograph. Very good condition.

On September 6, 1901, a third President, William McKinley, was shot and killed in Buffalo, New York. This print, by the Chicago firm of Kurz & Allison, is an updated version of the print above, with McKinley now joining the pantheon of Washington, Lincoln and Garfield. $575

From The White House Gallery of Official Portraits of the Presidents. New York: Syndicate Publishing Company, 1912. [Actually 1924] Approx. 8 x 11 (images). 26 photogravure portraits. With facsimile signatures. Very good condition.

A fine series of photogravures done of the official Presidential Portraits. A tradition that started with Gilbert Stuart's portrait of George Washington, it has carried through to modern times, though now, the official portrait of the President is a photograph until after he leaves office. Some of the finest artists of the day were commissioned with the task of official portraitist, including Anders Leonard Zorn, George Healy, and John Singer Sargent. A brief biography of each President accompanies each portrait. $375

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