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Singleton van Buren as a Child

1844 John Carlin Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1813 Died: New York, New York 1891 watercolor on ivory image (oval): 2 1/4 x 1 3/4 in. (5.6 x 4.6 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer 1999.27.3 Not currently on view


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Singleton Van Buren (1841-1885) was the grandson of Martin Van Buren, who served as eighth president of the United States from 1837 to 1841. Born the year his grandfather left the White House, Singleton was the oldest child of Angelica Singleton Van Buren, daughter of a wealthy South Carolina merchant and wife of the president’s oldest son. Angelica served as first lady during her father-in-law’s administration, the president’s wife having died in 1819. This portrait shows Singleton as a young boy, around three or four years old.

Keywords

Figure male - child - bust

Portrait male - Van Buren, Singleton - bust

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor

ivory

About John Carlin

Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1813 Died: New York, New York 1891

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