According to the inscription on this print, this image of Speaker James Polk is based on a portrait “from life” by Charles Fenderich made in 1838. It was printed by P. S. Duval in Philadelphia and published that same year. This is one of five remaining small, oval-framed prints of Speakers in the House Collection. The acquisition date is unknown, but this print appears in stereoviews of the Capitol dating from the 1870s.
History, Art & Archives, U.S. House of Representatives, “James Knox Polk,” https://history.house.gov/Collection/Listing/2005/2005-030-005/ (August 14, 2022)
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