Martin Van Buren (1782-1862)
Oil on canvas
Overall: 30 1/8 x 25 1/8 in. ( 76.5 x 63.8 cm )
Inman painted several portraits of Van Buren, the eighth president of the United States (1837-41). The Metropolitan Museum of Art has one that is virtually identical to the Society's portrait, and replicas exist at Philipse Manor and at the Brook Club in New York. The portrait was engraved by Edward Wellmore for Herring and Longacre's "National Portrait Gallery of Distinguished Americans," 3, 1836, pl. 33.
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Purchase, The Beekman Family Association Fund
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