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Maker(s):Anthony, Edward
Culture:American (1817-1888)
Title:Andrew Jackson (1767-1845)
Date Made:1845
Materials:half-plate daguerreotype
Measurements:Plate: 5 1/2 in x 4 1/4 in; 14 cm x 10.8 cm
Accession Number:  AC 1990.16
Credit Line:Gift of William Macbeth Gallery
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Label Text:
This remarkable image, which the photographer captured only months before Jackson’s death, was known only through reproductions until Marni Sandweiss, former director of the Mead, rediscovered the original in an overlooked box of daguerreotypes in the museum in 1990.

In 1830, Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act, which prompted numerous coerced and devastating Native American migrations to lands west of the Mississippi and earned the president the nickname “The Indian Remover.” This is perhaps the greatest blight on Jackson’s otherwise acclaimed presidential career in the opinion of modern Americans and, as removal was a controversial topic at the time, a number of his contemporaries.

-MD, 2011

portraits; men; square; shape; geometry; black and white; design; perspective; photographs; deaths; presidents; interiors

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