Madison James - White House Portrait by Vanderlyn Fine Art Print

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A Museum Quality Print of the Official White House Portrait of James Madison was painted in the year 1816 by the artist John Vanderlyn and was commissioned by James Monroe who was the Secretary of State and went on to succeed Madison as our Nation's fifth President. Even though this was called an official White House Portrait the painting remained in President Monroe's family through his great grandson, when it was probably then purchased by the White House. The original oil on canvas measures 26 by 22 3/16 inches in size and belongs in the White House Collection and now hangs in the Blue Room. This picture has a cameo like appearance with the face, despite its impassivity, revealing the toll exacted by the War of 1812. Madison is dressed in a high collar black coat with a freely painted cravat and has the simple powdered hairstyle that he so favored. Madison was born in 1751 on a tobacco plantation in Virginia and was the eldest of twelve children. James Madison was our Nation's fourth President from 1809 to 1817 and was the author of the Federalist Papers, a champion and author of the Bill of Rights and was known as the Father of the Constitution. He also led the young nation in its first war as a country when we fought the British in the War of 1812. This is when the British Soldiers burnt down the White House and Mrs Madison saved the portrait of George Washington which was the first portrait to hang in the White House.

At Fine Art Prints of Distinction we painstakingly repair the original files of these old paintings and print them using premium quality inks and paper. The end result is a beautiful, archival reproduction print that will last in your home for generations and at a low cost so anyone can now have great artworks in their home or business. Brandywine General Store is proud to offer for sale a print of the historic painting of the Official White House Portrait of James Madison by John Vanderlyn.

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