James Buchanan

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John Henry Brown chose to paint this miniature from a daguerreotype he made of United States president James Buchanan (1791-1868), and took great satisfaction in the likeness. James Buchanan Henry, the president’s nephew and ward, later wrote a biography of his uncle, commenting that “The best likeness of him is a miniature portrait on ivory, by Brown of Philadelphia . . . Buchanan was tall---over six feet, broad shouldered, and had a portly and dignified bearing . . . his features [were] strong and well marked, [and] his eyes were blue, intelligent and kindly, with the peculiarity that one was far and the other near sighted, which resulted in a slight habitual inclination of the head to one side.”
Title
James Buchanan
Artist
Date
ca. 1865
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
5 1/2 x 4 1/4 in. (14.0 x 10.8 cm) rectangle
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bequest of Harriet Lane Johnston

Mediums
Mediums Description
watercolor on ivory
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait male – Buchanan, James – bust
Object Number
1906.9.2
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