Waist-length portrait of Governor William Charles Coles Claiborne (ca. 1772-1817), with light brown hair, wearing an officer's coat of blue with deep white lapels and high collar, gold buttons, gold epaulettes, white shoulder belt across chest with insignia in center, high black collar and white muslin jabot.
Claiborne was the first governor of Louisiana. He moved to New Orleans and oversaw the transfer of Louisiana to U.S. control after the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. He then governed what would become the State of Louisiana, then termed the "Territory of Orleans," during its period as a United States territory from 1804 through 1812. He also has the distinction of perhaps being the youngest ever US congressman (the actual date of his birth, however, is unclear).
French born artist, Ambrose Duval, worked in New Orleans in the first three decades of the 19th century.