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Andrew Jackson

James Tooley Jr.1840

Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery

Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery

Born in the Waxhaw Settlement, South Carolina

In October 1840, the city of New Orleans hosted a Silver Jubilee for Andrew Jackson and his spectacular victory over the British on January 8, 1815. This contemporaneous portrait of the aging hero, white-haired and in poor health, was created by James Tooley Jr., a young Mississippi miniaturist. Tooley, who was already working in the city, obtained permission to make a copy from a larger oil portrait of Jackson created during the Jubilee. Tooley gave the portrait to his great-grandmother, and it descended in his family until its acquisition by the Portrait Gallery.

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