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Selling Andrew Jackson : Ralph E.W. Earl and the politics of portraiture

Author: Rachel Stephens
Publisher: Columbia, South Carolina : The University of South Carolina Press, [2018]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Selling Andrew Jackson is the first book-length study of the American portrait painter Ralph E.W. Earl, who worked as Andrew Jackson's personal artist from 1817 until Earl's death in 1838. During this period Jackson held Earl in close council, even providing him residence at the Hermitage, Jackson's home in Tennessee, and at the White House during his presidency. In this well-researched and comprehensive volume,
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Portraits
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Stephens, Rachel (Rachel Elizabeth).
Selling Andrew Jackson.
Columbia, South Carolina : University of South Carolina Press, 2018
(DLC) 2017041622
Named Person: Andrew Jackson; Ralph Eleaser Whiteside Earl; Ralph Eleaser Whiteside Earl; Andrew Jackson
Material Type: Biography, Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Rachel Stephens
ISBN: 9781611178678 1611178673
OCLC Number: 1023818256
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 232 pages)
Contents: Machine generated contents note: 1. Artist: Becoming "the King's Painter" --
2. City: Setting the Stage, Earl in Nashville --
3. General: Earl's Prepresidential Portraits of Jackson, 1817 --
1828 --
4. Election: Printmaking and 1828 --
5. President: Jackson in the White House, 1829 --
1837.
Responsibility: Rachel Stephens.

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