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    Sale 1959

    Important American Furniture, Folk Art, Prints And Decoys

    17 - 18 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 450

    WILLIAM H. PHILLIP, ACTIVE MID 19TH CENTURY

    Portrait of Chief Justice Salmon P. Chase

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    WILLIAM H. PHILLIP, ACTIVE MID 19TH CENTURY
    Portrait of Chief Justice Salmon P. Chase
    Signed, dated and inscribed WH Phillip/Fc.1865 (on reverse). Retains a printed label reading Chase, Chief Justice Salmon P. Chase/Bust in plaster, presented to Hon. James Humphrey, 18_ (on reverse of socle)
    Plaster
    28 in. high, 18½ in. wide, 10 in. deep


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    Salmon Portland Chase (1808-1873) served as Chief Justice of the United States from 1861-1864. As an early champion of the anti-abolition movement, he is credited with the "Slave Power Thesis" well before it was articulated by Abraham Lincoln.

    After studying law with Attorney General William Wirt in Washington, D.C., Chase passed the bar and moved to Cincinnati, Ohio where he quickly rose to prominence within the judicial community. Shortly after his arrival in Ohio, Chase became aware of the far-reaching influence of Southern business connections in Cincinnati, which caused him to associate himself with the anti-slavery movement. Chase was dubbed "Attorney General of Fugitive Slaves" following his argument before the U.S. Supreme Court in Jones v. Van Zandt, a court case which tested the constitutionality of freed slave laws.

    Provenance

    Brooklyn Historical Society


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