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The Course of Empire: Destruction
Oil on canvas (relined)
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Overall (closed): 6 1/2 x 5 x 5/8 in. (16.5 x 12.7 x 1.6 cm)
Overall (open): 6 1/2 x 11 1/4 x 3/8 in. (16.5 x 28.6 x 1
A native of Boston, Alexander Hill Everett graduated from Harvard in 1806 and went on to study law with John Quincy Adams. Upon the appointment of Adams as minister to Russia, Everett went to St. Petersburg as his secretary (1809-1811). His own first diplomatic post as chargé d'affaires was at The Hague, and from 1825-29 he was minister to Spain, under Adams' presidency. He served in the Massachusetts state legislature from 1830-35 and in 1845 was appointed U.S. Commissioner to China.
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