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James Buchanan

James Buchanan
Artist
Henry Dexter, born Nelson, NY 1806-died Cambridge, MA 1876
Sitter
James Buchanan
James Buchanan
Date
ca. 1859
Type
Sculpture
Medium
marble
Dimensions
24 7/8 x 14 7/8 x 12 1/2 in. (63.3 x 37.8 x 31.9 cm)
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Harriet Lane Johnston
Restrictions & Rights
CC0
Object number
1906.9.4
Luce Center Label
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.
Data Source
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Department
Painting and Sculpture
On View
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 20B
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor