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    Andrew Jackson: Superb Miniature Portrait on Ivory Attributed to James Longacre. Jackson was a popular subject for portrait artists of the 1820s and 1830s. Longacre (1794 -1869) painted and also engraved a number of images, and a definitive characteristic of his work was a "rippled" background evident here, leading respected Americana authority Bruce Gimelson to confidently attribute this unsigned painting to Longacre. It is clearly inspired by a well-known pose of Jackson painted by Enoch Wood (it seems to have been quite the fashion to draw on other artists' Jackson portraits: in 1821 Longacre displayed an image after one by Thomas Sully, and in February, 2007 Heritage sold a Jackson portrait by Ralph E.W. Earle which was closely based on a painting by Samuel Lovett Waldo). Unfortunately, the original Enoch Wood oil has been lost, and what survive are engravings based on it. It would have been interesting to compare the quality of Longacre's brush strokes and coloration to Wood's, but without a doubt the miniature offered here is one of the best executed of its genre that we have ever encountered. James Longacre enjoyed a lengthy and distinguished career as an artist and engraver, culminating in his appointment as Chief Engraver of the United States Mint. He is perhaps best remembered as the designer of the ubiquitous Indian Head penny. This Jackson miniature measures 1 9/16" x 1 13/16", and has the original paper on the back. It is housed in what appears to be the original lacquered wood frame, measuring 3 1/2" x 4", with a charming brass attachment of oak leaves and an acorn holding the suspension loop at the top. Condition is virtually pristine. One really must examine it under magnification to appreciate the incredibly fine & precise detail, which surely must have been accomplished with a single bristle from a brush!



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