Alexander James Dallas (1759-1817)

Object Number: 
ca. 1800-1805
Oil on canvas
Overall: 29 x 23 1/2 in. ( 73.7 x 59.7 cm )
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Born in Jamaica, Dallas studied law in England; he came to America in 1783 and established his law practice in Philadelphia. As secretary of the treasury (1814-16, also acting secretary of war in 1815-16), he took charge of the finances of the nation, which were in a ruinous state as a result of the War of 1812. This portrait dates from the first decade of Peale's career and was probably painted in Philadelphia where both subject and artist lived.
Credit Line: 
Gift of William D. Abbatt
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Creative: Tronvig Group