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Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

Object Number: 
1858.9
Date: 
ca. 1835
Medium: 
Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 
canvas: 30 1/4 x 25 in. ( 76.8 x 63.5 cm ) frame: 40 x 35 x 4 in. ( 101.6 x 88.9 x 10.2 cm )
Gallery Label: 
About 1835 Luman Reed commissioned Asher B. Durand to paint two sets of portraits of the first seven presidents of the United States. One set was immediately given to the Museum and Library of the Brooklyn Navy Yard; after Reed's death his own set went to the New York Gallery of Fine Arts and then to The New-York Historical Society.
Bibliography: 
Tuckerman, Henry T., Book of the Artists, American Artist Life, Comprising Biographical and Critical Sketches of American Artists: Preceded by an Historical Account of the Rise and Progress of Art in America, New York: P. Putnam & Son, 1867, p. 195, 621. Executor's Sale: Studies in Oil by Asher B. Durand, N.A., Deceased, Ortgies' Art Gallery, New York, April 13 and 14, 1887, p. 30, no. 371. "Pictures by Durand," The New York Times, April 26, 1903, p. 34. Sherman, Frederic Fairchild, Early American Portraiture, New York: Privately Printed, 1930, pp. 38-41. Lawall, David B., Asher Brown Durand: His Art and Art Theory in Relation to his Times, Submitted to Princeton University in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, March 1966, pp. 57, 140-159, 192-4, 616. Catalogue of American Portraits in The New-York Historical Society, New Haven: Yale University Press, 1974, Vol. 2, pp. 399-400. Lassiter, Barbara Babcock, American Wilderness: The Hudson River School of Painting, Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1977, pp. 36-7. Foshay, Ella M., Luman Reed's Picture Gallery: Pioneer Collection of American Art, New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1990, pp. 19, 30-1, 46-8, 61-2, 84, 141-5, 208-9. Ferber, Linda S., ed., "Asher B. Durand, American Landscape Painter," Kindred Spirits Asher B. Durand and the American Landscape, Brooklyn Museum, 2007, pp. 70-1, 81, 130, 207, 217.
Credit Line: 
Gift of The New-York Gallery of the Fine Arts
Provenance: 
Luman Reed, d. 1836; Mrs. Luman Reed, New York, 1836-44; New-York Gallery of the Fine Arts, 1844-58.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group