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Martin Van Buren

Title
A Beautiful Goblet of White-House Champagne
Artist
David Claypoole Johnston, Mar 1799 - 8 Nov 1865
Sitter
Martin Van Buren, 5 Dec 1782 - 24 Jul 1862
Date
1840
Type
Print
Medium
Lithograph on paper
Dimensions
Image: 10.5 x 8cm (4 1/8 x 3 1/8")
Sheet: 14.8 x 8cm (5 13/16 x 3 1/8")
Mat: 45.7 x 35.6cm (18 x 14")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number
NPG.95.62
Exhibition Label
The son of a farmer and tavernkeeper, Martin Van Buren was too poor to attend college. Yet he studied law, became a prosperous lawyer, and was an influential founder of the Democratic Party in the 1820s. An early party organizer in his home state of New York, Van Buren helped establish a tradition of grassroots politicking that continues today. Along the way, Van Buren acquired the refined tastes of a country gentleman. This 1840 caricature portrays him as a dandy and mocks his presidential reelection bid, in which he was running against William Henry Harrison, the Whig Party's winning candidate.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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Place
United States\Massachusetts\Suffolk\Boston