Description Waist-length portrait of Governor William Charles Coles Claiborne (ca. 1772-1817), with light brown hair, wearing an officer's coat of blue with deep white lapels and high collar, gold buttons, gold epaulettes, white shoulder belt across chest with insignia in center, high black collar and white muslin jabot. Claiborne was the first governor of Louisiana. He moved to New Orleans and oversaw the transfer of Louisiana to U.S. control after the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. He then governed what would become the State of Louisiana, then termed the "Territory of Orleans," during its period as a United States territory from 1804 through 1812. He also has the distinction of perhaps being the youngest ever US congressman (the actual date of his birth, however, is unclear). French born artist, Ambrose Duval, worked in New Orleans in the first three decades of the 19th century.
Provenance Henry Hart collection. Acquired by Abraham Jay Fink, Baltimore; by bequest to A. J. Fink Foundation, Inc., Baltimore, 1963; given to Walters Art Museum, 1963.
Inscriptions [Signed] Right: A. Duval; [Inscription] On back of frame: Governor / William Charles Coles Claiborne / Of Louisianna / By / A. Duval / Engraved by Longacre / Born 1775 - Died 1817 / Governor of Mississippi 1802 / Governor of Louisianna 1804 / Elected as Democrat to / the United States Senate / from the New State
Credit Gift of the A. Jay Fink Foundation, Inc., Baltimore, in memory of Abraham Jay Fink, 1963
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