Jacob Jennings Brown commanded troops in western New York during the War of 1812 and was promoted to general in 1814. In 1821 he was made commander-in-chief of the United States army, a position he held until his death. This painting is based on a full-length portrait by John Wesley Jarvis, one of four portraits of military heroes of the War of 1812 commissioned by the City of New York for City Hall in 1815.
Purchase, The Louis Durr Fund
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