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GULIAN VERPLANCK (1786-1870)
by Daniel Huntington (1816-1906)
A New York lawyer and preeminent man of letters, Gulian Verplanck served four terms in the United States House of Representatives from 1825 to 1833. He met artist Daniel Huntington in about 1830, when they were members of an informal artists' group called the Sketch Club. In 1857, when Huntington was at the height of his career, he was commissioned to paint Verplanck's portrait for the Commissioners of Emigration, the state board that oversaw immigration and provided relief for immigrants. Verplanck was one of the original commissioners, and served as president of the board from 1848 until his death. The portrait includes a view of New York harbor with Castle Garden, the primary point of arrival for immigrants. This version of the unlocated original is probably the one exhibited at the Universal Exposition in Paris in 1867.
Oil on canvas, 1857
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
NPG.70.48
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