GEORGE M. DALLAS. The People’s Candidate for Vice-President of the United States.
Vice President under Polk, 1845-1849

New York: Lith; & Pub. By N. Currier, 2 Spruce St. N.Y., [1844]. Item #841

Folio.  358 x 255 mm., [14 x 10 inches].  Color lithographic portrait, printed in black ink and hand colored in three colors and highlights of black.  Some light discoloration to margins, otherwise a very good copy with strong color.

Attractive, almost feminine portrait of the Vice-President of the United States, elected on the ticket with James J. Polk in 1844.  The lithograph is highlighted in green, yellow, and a blush red and places the sitter near a window overlooking a merchant ship at sail.  The head and face of the sitter is delicately printed in very light tones of black, contrasting the whiteness of the image against the dark green color of the drapery in the background.  A very good likeness.

George M. Dallas was a Princeton graduate, held numerous state wide posts in Pennsylvania, and appointed Minister to Russia by President Van Buren in 1837.  As vice-president his tie breaking vote in the Senate in 1846 changing the protectionists stance of the previous administration, caused him to lose support of his Pennsylvania backers.  In 1856 President Buchanan appointed him Ambassador to Great Britain.  A collection of his diaries are at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Appleton’s Cyclopaedia of American Biography, II, p., 59.  Jane Cooper Bland, Currier & Ives, A Manual for Collectors, No. 1761. 


Price: $300.00