Half-length portrait of President Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822-1893), 19th President of the United States. President Hayes is seated with his hands placed before him. In a diary entry of August 5, 1877, President Hayes recorded that artist William Garle Browne had recently completed a bust portrait of him as a study for a full-length portrait and praised it as ”perhaps, the best yet painted.” In addition to his sittings with President Hayes, Browne relied on a photograph by Mathew B. Brady that shows the President standing in a formal pose with his right hand tucked into his coat.


  • Title: Rutherford B. Hayes
  • Creator: William Garl Browne
  • Date Created: 1878
  • Physical Dimensions: Height- 36.5 inches, Width- 29.25 inches
  • Provenance: Presented by the members of The Union League of Philadelphia, a patriotic society founded in 1862 to support Abraham Lincoln and the Union during the American Civil War, to the Union League in 1880.
  • Type: Oil painting
  • Rights: The Abraham Lincoln Foundation of the Union League of Philadelphia. For questions regarding usage please contact archives@unionleague.org.
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Internal ID: 1880.1.1

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