William Henry Seward (1801-1872)

John Chester Buttre (American, 1821 - 1893)1865

The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum
Baltimore, United States

Waist-length, three-quarters to the right portrait of William Henry Seward, with grayish-brown hair, wearing a black coat, white shirt and wide black bow tie.

Secretary of State in Lincoln's Cabinet, Seward was the Senator from New York. Despite initial differences, Seward and Lincoln became close friends.

John Chester Buttre is better known as an engraver and lithographer, especially of prominent nineteenth-century Americans.


  • Title: William Henry Seward (1801-1872)
  • Creator: John Chester Buttre (American, 1821 - 1893)
  • Date Created: 1865
  • Subject Keywords: statesmen; male portraits
  • External Link: For more information about this and thousands of other works of art in the Walters Art Museum collection, please visit art.thewalters.org
  • Roles: Artist: John Chester Buttre (American, 1821 - 1893)
  • Provenance: Jacob A. Rosenfield, Chicago [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; A.J. Fink, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; A.J. Fink Foundation Inc., Baltimore, [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1963, by gift.
  • Object Type: miniatures (paintings); portraits
  • Medium: watercolor on ivory
  • Inscriptions: [Signature] Front right: J.C. Buttre. [Inscription] On reverse: W.H. Seward / Secretary of State / Lincoln Cabinet / 1860 / Painted in Ivory / by J.C. Buttre 1865
  • Dimensions: H excluding frame: 3 1/4 x W: 2 1/8 in. (8.26 x 5.4 cm); Framed H: 5 1/2 x W: 4 3/8 in. (13.97 x 11.11 cm)
  • Credit Line: Gift of the A. Jay Fink Foundation, Inc., Baltimore, in memory of Abraham Jay Fink, 1963
  • Classification: Miniatures
  • Accession Number: 38.487

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