John Randolph of Roanoke

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Oil on canvas
Overall: 27 x 22 1/4 in. ( 68.6 x 56.5 cm )
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Jarvis's original portrait of Randolph, a powerful leader in the U.S. House of Representatives in the early decades of the nineteenth century, was painted in Baltimore in 1811 "for one of the Ridgeleys," according to Washington Irving, who saw it on the artist's easel. Irving received permission to have a copy made and Jarvis produced this replica soon thereafter.
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Gift of Washington Irving
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Creative: Tronvig Group