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James Madison

Title: James Madison
Artist: Vanderlyn, John   
Date of Work: 1816
Medium/Support: oil on canvas
Measurements: 26 x 22 3/16 in (66 x 56.4 cm)
Inscribed: No
Acquisition Information: Gift of Mrs. Vincent Astor, the George Brown Foundation, Inc., The Charles W. Engelhard Foundation, The Ruth P. Field Fund, Inc., Laurence Rockefeller, and the White House Historical Association
Acquisition Number: 968.627.1
Credit Line: The White House Historical Association (White House Collection)
Scholar's Notes:

"The portrait [of James Madison] was commissioned . . . by James Monroe . . . . Cameo-like, with firm planes and carefully controlled range of values, it does not rely on deep shadow or strong contrast for its sculptural effect, but works mostly in light tones. The face, despite its impassivity, reveals the toll exacted by the War of 1812 . . . . It is set above a high-collared black coat between a freely painted cravat and the simple powdered hairstyle favored by Madison . . . ."

Source of Scholar's Notes: Kloss, William, et al. Art in the White House: A Nation's Pride. Washington, D.C.: The White House Historical Association, 2008.
Page Number(s) in Source: 82
People: Madison, James   
Categories: White House Art Collection, Images of Presidents  
Type: portraits

A brief biography of President James Madison.

Orientation: Portrait
Image ID: 156
Date (chronological sort): 1816