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Zachary Taylor at Walnut Springs

Artist
William Garl Browne Jr., 10 Oct 1823 - 28 Jul 1894
Sitter
Zachary Taylor, 24 Nov 1784 - 9 Jul 1850
William Wallace Smith Bliss, 7 Sept 1815 - 5 Aug 1853
Braxton Bragg, 22 Mar 1817 - 27 Sep 1876
Presley H. Craig, 19th Century
Joseph Horace Eaton, 12 Oct 1815 - 10 Jan 1896
Robert Selden Garnett, 1819 - 1861
Thomas B. Linnard, 1800 - 1900?
Joseph King Fenno Mansfield, 1803 - 1862
John Monroe, 1800 - 1900?
Date
1847
Type
Painting
Medium
Oil on canvas mounted on wood
Dimensions
Object: 74.3 x 92.1 x 0.3cm (29 1/4 x 36 1/4 x 1/8")
Frame: 97.2 x 115.3 x 11.4cm (38 1/4 x 45 3/8 x 4 1/2")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number
NPG.71.57
Exhibition Label
One of James K. Polk's objectives when he became president of the United States in 1845 was to purchase California from Mexico. When his overture was rebuffed, Polk sent the American army to the Rio Grande. When Congress declared war on Mexico, General Zachary Taylor (1784-1850), a forty-year veteran, led the army to victory in Monterrey and Buena Vista. Talk of these triumphs soon led Taylor to be posited as a candidate for president. A supporter commissioned English émigré, William G. Brown to travel to Walnut Springs, near Monterrey, and paint Taylor in a military setting, so that those in eastern urban centers could identify him with his accomplishments. Taylor served as twelfth president of the United States from 1849 to 1850.
Uno de los objetivos de James K. Polk cuando llegó a presidente de los Estados Unidos en 1845 fue comprarle California a Méjico. Cuando se rechazó su propuesta, Polk envió el ejército norteamericano al Río Grande. Después de que el Congreso declarase la guerra contra México, el General Zachary Taylor (1784-1850), veterano militar de cuarenta años, comandó al ejército en sus victorias de Monterrey y Buena Vista. Las noticias de estos triunfos llevaron a que rápidamente Taylor fuera postulado como candidato a presidente. Uno de sus partidarios le encargó al emigrado inglés William G. Brown que viajara a Walnut Springs, cerca de Monterrey, y que pintara a Taylor dentro de un marco militar para que aquellos en los centros urbanos del este pudieran identificarlo con sus logros. Taylor sirvió desde 1849 hasta 1850 como el decimosegundo presidente de los Estados Unidos.
Provenance
Commissioned by Robert H. Gallaher, Richmond, Va.; his granddaughter; her son Raymond Williams; private collection; (Kennedy Galleries, Inc., New York); purchased 1971 NPG.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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