[N.p. 1876]. Steel engraving, 16 1/2 x 21 inches. Minor edge wear. Image clean and bright. Near fine. Archivally matted, protected with mylar sheet. Item #WRCAM31043
A steel engraving by John Sartain of a handsome portrait of John Randolph, after the original done by George Catlin in 1831. Randolph, a patriotic if not myopic defender of states' rights, served in Congress from 1800 to 1825. He was well known for a particularly Virginian slice of bombast. "I am an aristocrat," he said, "I love liberty, I hate equality." Despite such sentiments, Randolph approached politics as an exercise in personal virtue and was often at odds with his more pragmatic contemporaries. Catlin's immeasurable skill and sensitivities are on full display. In all, a lovely portrait. ANB 18, pp.130.