Ferdinand Pettrich grew up in Dresden and worked as an apprentice for his father, a court sculptor for the King of Saxony. After studying in Rome with the renowned Dutch artist Bertel Thorvaldsen (who had created art for the Pope and Napoleon) and earning a solid reputation as a sculptor, Pettrich moved to the United States. The artist reportedly met Jackson in the spring of 1836. That year, he created an original marble portrait of the president, which served as the model for several replicas. While marble is an intractable medium, Jackson’s hair is treated with a great dimensionality that contributes to the drama of this fierce and craggy likeness. ...
replica of 1836 original
64.8 x 40.6 x 21.6 cm
Image and text © National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, 2023
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