DeWitt Clinton (1769-1828)

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Oil on canvas
Overall: 49 1/2 x 40 in. ( 125.7 x 101.6 cm )
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This portrait was painted around the time of the opening of the famous upstate canal system, one of Clinton's most notable achievements. One of the artist's finest portraits, it was exhibited at the American Academy of Fine Arts, of which Clinton had been president, in 1824.
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Gift of Nelson Robinson
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Creative: Tronvig Group