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General John Charles Frémont

Charles Loring Elliott

American Art

A western explorer, maverick soldier, and failed politician, John Frémont championed the antislavery cause as the first presidential candidate of the new Republican party in 1856, only to lose to James Buchanan. Appointed by Abraham Lincoln to head the Union army's Department of the West in 1861, Frémont provoked the president's ire when he single-handedly confiscated the property and emancipated the slaves of pro-South Missourians. He considered a second run fro president in 1864—representing Lincoln's Radical Republican opponents within the party.

MEDIUM Oil on canvas
DATES 1857
DIMENSIONS 36 x 29 1/8 in. (91.4 x 74 cm) frame: 50 1/2 x 43 5/8 x 5 in. (128.3 x 110.8 x 12.7 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Carll H. de Silver Fund
PROVENANCE Prior to 1897, provenance not yet documented; by June 1, 1897, acquired by Charles Cole Markham of Brooklyn, NY; between June 21, 1906 and April 3, 1908, provenance not yet documented; by April 3, 1908, acquired by William S. Hughes of Brooklyn; between November 7, 1919 and April 1920, provenance not yet documented; by April 1920, acquired by Frank M. Widner, Jr. of New York, NY; by July 15, 1920, purchased from Frank M. Widner, Jr. by the Brooklyn Museum.
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CAPTION Charles Loring Elliott (American, 1812–1868). General John Charles Frémont, 1857. Oil on canvas, 36 x 29 1/8 in. (91.4 x 74 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Carll H. de Silver Fund, 20.666 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 20.666_SL3.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 20.666_SL3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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