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John C. Calhoun

ca. 1844-1845 Clark Mills Born: Syracuse, New York 1810 Died: Washington, District of Columbia 1883 painted plaster 24 3/8 x 14 x 9 3/8 in. (61.9 x 35.7 x 23.9 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Transfer from the National Institute XX9 Smithsonian American Art Museum
2nd Floor, East Wing



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“Calhoun, a man of great force of character, but of very remarkable moral purity; he could not have been otherwise.” The artist quoted in The Washington Post, August 1879

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John C. Calhoun was a senator for South Carolina and a great orator. He served as vice president under John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson, and spoke passionately against the abolition of slavery and for the principles of states’ rights. This sculpture shows the commanding figure of Calhoun with a formidable expression, as if he is challenging the viewer to oppose his controversial views.

Keywords

Figure male - elderly

Miscellaneous - life mask

Occupation - political - statesman

Portrait male - Calhoun, John C. - bust

sculpture

metal - bronze

plaster

About Clark Mills

Born: Syracuse, New York 1810 Died: Washington, District of Columbia 1883

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