James Madison (1750/51-1836)

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Oil on canvas
Unframed: 24 1/4 × 20 1/4 in. (61.6 × 51.4 cm) Framed: 31 1/4 in. × 27 1/2 in. × 3 in. (79.4 × 69.9 × 7.6 cm)
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This portrait was apparently painted at the request of George P. Morris, and it may have passed from him to James Kirke Paulding, father of the donor. John William Casilear, a pupil of Durand, made an engraving of it which was published in "The New York Mirror" on August 9, 1834.
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Credit Line: 
Gift of P. Kemble Paulding
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group