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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Gift from the Trustees of the Corcoran Gallery of Art (Gift of Mrs. Nancy E. Symington and Mr. Charles C. Glover III) The Corcoran Gallery of Art, one of the country’s first private museums, was established in 1869 to promote art and American genius. In 2014 the Works from the Corcoran Collection were distributed to institutions in Washington, D.C.
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Born Lincolnshire, England
Jane Cocking Glover and her family contributed to the early development of Washington, D.C. In 1813, eight years after immigrating to the United States from England, she married Charles Carroll Glover, a prominent attorney and civic leader who was an early advocate of D.C. voting rights. The Glovers acquired extensive real estate and a residence on 10th Street, NW (the site of the present-day FBI headquarters), where enslaved servants attended to their needs. As evidence of their wealth and social stature, they commissioned this portrait by the Italian artist Pietro Bonanni, whose murals adorned the U.S. Capitol.
Glover initiated a momentous chain of events by insisting that her North Carolinian grandson be raised in Washington. As an adult, Charles Carroll Glover Jr. became the driving force behind many of the capital’s defining features, including the National Cathedral, the National Zoo, Rock Creek Park, Embassy Row, and the Glover Park neighborhood.