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King, Charles Bird

Born: 1785 AD
Died: 1862 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Painters

1785 – Charles Bird King was born.

         – He studied under Edward Savage and with Benjamin West in London.

         – His work, executed in Washington, D.C., included Native American portraits for a 3-volume work on the tribes of North America, still lifes, and portraits of eminent Americans.

         – His portraits of Henry Clay and John C. Calhoun are in the Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C.

1837 – The first edition, begun in February, was the culmination of eight years of effort.

1858 – Charles Bird King’s Indian Portraits were transferred to the Smithsonian Institution when the National Institute was formally disbanded and its collections dispersed. Joseph Henry, the first secretary of the Smithsonian, placed the portraits in the Art Gallery on the second floor of the Smithsonian Building.

1862 – Charles Bird King died.