Singleton van Buren as a Child

  • John Carlin, Singleton van Buren as a Child, 1844, watercolor, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer, 1999.27.3

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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.

Title
Singleton van Buren as a Child
Artists
Date
1844
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
image (oval): 2 1/4 x 1 3/4 in. (5.6 x 4.6 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure male – child – bust
  • Portrait male – Van Buren, Singleton – bust
Object Number
1999.27.3
Palette
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