Description Waist-length, three-quarters to the right portrait of William Henry Seward, with grayish-brown hair, wearing a black coat, white shirt and wide black bow tie. Secretary of State in Lincoln's Cabinet, Seward was the Senator from New York. Despite initial differences, Seward and Lincoln became close friends. John Chester Buttre is better known as an engraver and lithographer, especially of prominent nineteenth-century Americans.
Provenance Jacob A. Rosenfield, Chicago [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; A.J. Fink, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; A.J. Fink Foundation Inc., Baltimore, [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1963, by gift.
Inscriptions [Signature] Front right: J.C. Buttre. [Inscription] On reverse: W.H. Seward / Secretary of State / Lincoln Cabinet / 1860 / Painted in Ivory / by J.C. Buttre 1865
Credit Gift of the A. Jay Fink Foundation, Inc., Baltimore, in memory of Abraham Jay Fink, 1963
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