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Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson
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Artist
Ferdinand Pettrich, 1798 - 1872
Sitter
Andrew Jackson, 15 Mar 1767 - 8 Jun 1845
Date
Replica of 1836 original
Type
Sculpture
Medium
Marble
Dimensions
Without Base: 64.8 x 40.6 x 21.6cm (25 1/2 x 16 x 8 1/2")
With Socle: 62.2 x 41.9 x 29.2cm (24 1/2 x 16 1/2 x 11 1/2")
Socle Footprint: 27.3 x 18.4cm (10 3/4 x 7 1/4")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Restrictions & Rights
CC0
Object number
NPG.91.45
Exhibition Label
Born in the Waxhaw Settlement, South Carolina
Ferdinand Pettrich grew up in Dresden and worked as an apprentice for his father, a court sculptor. After studying in Rome with the renowned Dutch artist Bertel Thorvaldsen, Pettrich moved to the United States. The artist reportedly met Jackson in the spring of 1836. That year, he created an original marble portrait of the president, which served as the model for several replicas. While marble is an intractable medium, Jackson’s hair is treated with a great dimensionality that contributes to the drama of this likeness.
Nacido en el Asentamiento de Waxhaw, Carolina del Sur
Ferdinand Pettrich creció en Dresde y fue aprendiz de su padre, escultor de la corte. Luego de estudiar en Roma con el renombrado artista holandés Bertel Thorvaldsen, Pettrich se mudó a Estados Unidos. Allí se dice que conoció a Jackson en la primavera de 1836. Ese año hizo un retrato original en mármol del presidente, que sirvió como modelo para varias réplicas. Aunque el mármol es un medio difícil, la cabellera de Jackson muestra una gran imensionalidad que contribuye al dramatismo de esta imagen.
Provenance
(Altman-Burke Fine Art Inc.), New York; purchased NPG 1991
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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Exhibition
America's Presidents (Reinstallation September 2017)
On View
NPG, South Gallery 240