James Buchanan

Media - 1906.9.5 - SAAM-1906.9.5_1 - 53480
Copied Jacob Eichholtz, James Buchanan, 1834, oil on canvas, 36 1828 14 in. (91.771.8 cm), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Harriet Lane Johnston, 1906.9.5
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Artwork Details

Title
James Buchanan
Date
1834
Dimensions
36 1828 14 in. (91.771.8 cm)
Credit Line
Bequest of Harriet Lane Johnston
Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Occupation — political — president
  • Portrait male — Buchanan, James — waist length
Object Number
1906.9.5

Artwork Description

James Buchanan served many roles before he was elected the fifteenth president of the United States. This portrait was painted after his term as minister to Russia, but he also acted as a representative, senator, and secretary of state. Jacob Eichholtz's painting accurately depicts Buchanan, who often wore black suits and large white cravats. The future president appears composed and confident, but his slightly uneven eyes give him an intimidating stare. The portrait was owned by Buchanan and then given to his niece, Harriet Lane Johnston, who served as his official hostess at the White House during his administration.

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