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Out of State
Portrait #1209
Subject/Title:
Polk, President James Knox
Artist:Unknown
Date Created:unknown
Owner/Location:Private Collection
Out of State
Frame Dimensions:42 x 37
Image Dimensions:35 x 30
Materials/Media:Oil on canvas
Date Documented: 14 March 2008
Condition:Excellent

Description:President Polk in middle age, brown hair, dark jacket, white shirt, seated.
History of Work:The portrait was originally owned by Sarah Childress Polk, the wife of the President. The President's nephew, Marshall Tate Polk was raised by the Polks after the death of his father, Marshall Tate Polk, Sr., in 1831. After the death of Marshall Tate Polk, Jr. in 1884, Mrs. Polk, before her death in 1891, gave the portrait to his son, James Knox Polk, Sr. He then left the portrait to his son, James K. Polk, Jr., who left it to his daughter, Virginia Knox Polk (Van Zandt) and she left it her son, the present owner. The artist is unknown, although in the 1980s The Smithsonian Institution had the portrait shipped to Washington to be examined to see if was a G. P. A. Healy. They could not confirm that it was a Healy, but they also could not confirm that it was not a Healy. It is unsigned and in the original frame.
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