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John Charles Fremont

John Charles Fremont
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Artist
Mathew B. Brady, 1823? - 15 Jan 1896
Sitter
John Charles Frémont, 21 Jan 1813 - 13 Jul 1890
Date
c. 1856
Type
Photograph
Medium
Half-plate ambrotype
Dimensions
Image (oval): 12 × 9 cm (4 3/4 × 3 9/16")
Case Open: 15.5 × 24.6 × 1.4 cm (6 1/8 × 9 11/16 × 9/16")
Case Closed: 15.5 × 12.4 × 1.4 cm (6 1/8 × 4 7/8 × 9/16")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Object number
NPG.78.66
Exhibition Label
Born Savannah, Georgia
During a series of expeditions into the West in the 1840s, John C. Frémont created detailed maps and reports that fueled American expansion. Hailed as a national hero for identifying a route through the Rocky Mountains, Frémont was elected in 1849 as California’s first U.S. senator. In 1856 he became the Republican Party’s first presidential candidate.
Brady’s earliest portrait of Frémont was in the form of a daguerreotype taken around the time of his election to the Senate. This ambrotype of the explorer-turned-politician was created several years later, most likely during Frémont’s unsuccessful campaign for president.
Nacido en Savannah, Georgia
Durante una serie de expediciones al Oeste en la década de 1840, John C. Frémont elaboró minuciosos mapas e informes que fomentaron la expansión de Estados Unidos. Se le aclamó como héroe nacional por haber identificado una ruta a través de las Montañas Rocosas, y en 1849 fue elegido como el primer senador estadounidense por California. En 1856 se convirtió en el primer candidato presidencial del Partido Republicano.
El primer retrato que Brady tomó a Frémont fue un daguerrotipo, allá para la época de su elección al Senado. Este ambrotipo del explorador devenido político data de varios años después, posiblemente durante su fallida campaña presidencial.
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