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Independence (Squire Jack Porter)

Independence (Squire Jack Porter)
Artist
Frank Blackwell Mayer, born Baltimore, MD 1827-died Annapolis, MD 1899
Sitter
Jack Porter
Date
1858
Type
Painting
Medium
oil on paperboard
Dimensions
12 x 15 7/8 in. (30.4 x 40.3 cm.)
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Harriet Lane Johnston
Restrictions & Rights
CC0
Object number
1906.9.11
Gallery Label
Jack Porter, a veteran of the War of 1812 who made a handsome living from Pennsylvania's coal mines, is surrounded by handmade objects, including a corncob pipe, a roughly-hewn wooden bench, and his wife's knitting. As a self-sufficient landholder and businessman, "Squire Jack" embodied an independent and enduring spirit that, by the 1850s, had become an American ideal, celebrated by painters and writers alike. The squire takes his ease on the porch of a substantial home, dressed in a flowered vest, black cravat, and polished boots that signal the rewards of his hard work.Exhibition Label, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2006
Data Source
Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Department
Painting and Sculpture
On View
Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2nd Floor, South Wing
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