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Chief Justice Marshall

19th century
45.5 x 37.625 in. (115.57 x 95.568 cm)

Chester Harding (1792 - 1866) Artist

Object Type: Painting
Medium and Support: oil on canvas
Credit Line: Gift of the Linton and Surget Families
Accession Number: 1889.7-O

Web Notes
The acquisition of Harding’s Chief Justice Marshall holds significance not only in its remembrance of a popular art form at the time, but also in its commemoration of Marshall’s work. In addition to the significant rulings and contributions Chief Justice Marshall made during his time on the Supreme Court, he, too, holds relevance with regards to the acquisition of Louisiana. Though the constitutionality of the Louisiana Purchase continued to be questioned, Chief Justice Marshall laid these qualms to rest, insisting that the power to acquire territory through conquest or treaty is held by the government.

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