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Object Name Engraving
Title Thomas Hart Benton
Catalog Number UNNUMBERED-291
Creator Johnson Fry & Co. Publishers
Date ca. 1858
Material(s) Paper
Dimensions H-10 W-7.5 inches
Description The is an engraving of Thomas Hart Benton. He is wearing a frock coat, vest, white shirt with upturned collar, and squared bow tie. He is also wearing a medal or portrait miniature with a ribbon around his neck. The portrait of Benton is an oval shape and it is inside an elaborate interwoven ribbon, tassel, and floral tracery decoration. Centered at the top of the decoration is a desktop with a stack of books with a quill pen and ink well. Centered at the bottom of the decorative border is a train chugging over a bridge. Below the decorative border, there is a facsimile of Benton's signature. Below the signature, there is a printed text that says "From a Portrait recently painting from Life / Johnson, Fry & Co Publishers, New York. / Entered according to act of Congress A 1858 by Johnson, Fry & Co. in the clerk's office of the district court of the southern district of NY."
Notes Thomas Hart Benton (March 14, 1782 - April 10, 1858) was the editor of the Missouri Enquirer and a United States Senator (1821-51). While in the Senate, he played an important part in the war against the national bank. He stood for sound money and opposed paper issues, which gained him the nickname "Old Bullion." He aided legislation that supported frontier settlers, suggested the homestead plan, opposed the Calhoun Resolution of 1847, and opposed secession in the slavery issue. He was also a member of the U.S. House (1853-55).
Collection KHS Museum Collection
People Johnson Fry & Co. Publishers
Benton, Thomas Hart
Subjects Portrait prints
Search Terms Portraits
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS