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Henry Dexter, born Nelson, NY 1806-died Cambridge, MA 1876
24 7/8 x 14 7/8 x 12 1/2 in. (63.3 x 37.8 x 31.9 cm)
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Harriet Lane Johnston
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Henry Dexter’s project to create a portrait gallery of the president and all the governors was long and arduous. He undertook extensive travel during a time of war and his working method involved creating multiple copies. The first step was modeling the portrait from life and casting it in plaster. He would later make a copy in marble for public display.