The Presidents of the United States

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Description
Portraits of the first twelve presidents of the United States are depicted in individual ovals. Zachary Taylor was president when the print was published, so his portrait is placed in the center. His image is surrounded by four American flags, a shield, laurel leaves, and an eagle directly above. In the background, at left and right, are two Corinthian columns. Liberty stands atop the right column, and Victory, atop the left.
Prints and book illustrations depicting bust portraits of American presidents were fairly common in the first half of the 19th century, and many similar prints were produced a year earlier for the presidential campaign to adorn public buildings and schools, and serve as handouts campaign handouts.
This print was produced by the lithographic firm of Kelloggs & Comstock. In 1848, John Chenevard Comstock developed a partnership with E.B. and E.C. Kellogg, whose principals were members of a prominent family of publishers based in Hartford, Connecticut. In 1850, Edmund Burke Kellogg left the firm, leaving his brother Elijah Chapman Kellogg and J.C. Comstock to run the lithography firm as Kellogg and Comstock. The short-lived partnership disbanded in 1851. It was not until 1855 that Edmund Burke Kellogg rejoined his brother E.C. Kellogg and continued the success of the family’s lithography firm.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1849
distributor
Needham, D.
depicted
Washington, George
Adams, John
Jefferson, Thomas
Madison, James
Monroe, James
Adams, John Quincy
Jackson, Andrew
Van Buren, Martin
Harrison, William Henry
Tyler, John
Taylor, Zachary
Polk, James K.
maker
Kelloggs & Comstock
place made
United States: Connecticut, Hartford
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements
image: 13 1/2 in x 9 1/4 in; 34.29 cm x 23.495 cm
ID Number
DL.60.2531
catalog number
60.2531
accession number
228146
Credit Line
Harry T. Peters "America on Stone" Lithography Collection
subject
Chronology: 1840-1849
Patriotism and Patriotic Symbols
U.S. National Government, executive branch
Flags
Eagles
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Data Source
National Museum of American History

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