Portraits of Martin Van Buren, in honor of his birthday

martin van buren portrait 1837 cropped

Look at those blue eyes.

This past Thursday was the 231st birthday of Martin Van Buren -- eighth President of the United States, the first president to be born US citizen, and the most famous native of Kinderhook, New York.

Because it was MVB's birthday this week, and it's Friday -- and, you know, just because -- here's a collection of portraits in honor of his 231st. (OK, some of them aren't technically portrait, but they're interesting to look at.)


martin van buren portrait c1830
Date: c. 1830-1840
Artist: unidentified
Medium: lithograph on paper
Credit: National Portrait Gallery

martin van buren portrait 1836
Date: 1836
Artist: Nathaniel Currier
Medium: hand-colored lithograph on paper
Credit: National Portrait Gallery

martin van buren portrait 1837
Date: 1837
Artist: unidentified
Medium: watercolor on ivory
Credit: National Portrait Gallery

martin van buren portrait 1838
Date: 1838
Artist: John Langendoerffer
Medium: pastels on canvas
Credit: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of the Honorable and Mrs. Blair Lee

martin van buren portrait 1839
Date: 1839
Artist: Peter S. Duval
Medium: lithograph on paper
Credit: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; transfer from the Library of Congress;

martin van buren portrait 1840
Date: 1840
Artist: David Claypoole Johnston
Medium: lithograph on paper
Credit: National Portrait Gallery

martin van buren portrait 1841
Date: 1841
Artist: Auguste Edouart
Medium: lithograph, chalk and cut paper on paper
Credit: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Robert L. McNeil, Jr.

martin van buren portrait 1846
Date: 1846
Artist: Henry Inman
Medium: hand colored lithograph
Credit: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

martin van buren portrait photo by mathew brady c1855
Date: c. 1855-1858
Artist: Mathew Brady
Medium: salted paper print from glass negative
Credit: Metropolitan Museum of Art via Wikipedia

martin van buren portrait coin 1930s
Date: 1930s
Artist: Scovill Manufacturing Company for Cracker Jack
Medium: metal coin
Credit: National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Most of these are from the online catalog of the Smithsonian, which has a bunch of other MVB images.

Earlier on AOA:
+ Six bits of trivia about the six presidents from New York State
+ NY Presidents pop quiz


Jasen put you up to this, didn't he?

Thanks for your Marin Van Buren portrait selection. Next time, make sure to check out the Albany Institute of History & Art and its portrait of Van Buren by Ezra Ames done in 1828. Simply google:
Albany Institute of History & Art Martin Van Buren and it will pop right up.
Appreciate including the old along with the new.
Best in the New Year.

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