Polk in paintings, drawings, engravings
- Hi, Polk-fans
I still browse the web regularly to find new Polk-pictures and would
like to present some of my latest findings:
http://www.squidworks.com/peters.html - a Polk Comic, it's rather at
the bottom of the list and shows three preview pictures.
http://www.gypsygirlpress.com/D/dgp24jk.html shows one additional
picture of the comic.
Could he have looked like that at any time in his life?
search "Polk" to see Mr. Polk with a curved nose.
another picture showing Polk with a curved nose, and the only one I
know that shows Polk with spectacles.
Thomas Sully, the most famous painter for whom Polk ever sat did this
portrait for the University of North Carolina, shortly before Polk
paid a visit there.
along with a concise Polk-bio by one of the editors of Polk's
correspondence and a painting of Polk making a speech you will find a
sketch (or is it an engraving?)on which Polk looks more "alive" and
attractive than on most works of art. I regard it as the model for
two other Polk-portraits:
as this picture was made in 1838 I doubt that the "sketch" above
shows the President elect, as the caption says.
The caption "from life on stone" is not exactly untrue as Mr.
Fenderich, the artist, certainly used his sketch from life. He just
did not say that it was about seven years old.
Fenderich's portrait must have been rather popular and it seems that
cartoonists and engravers often used it as a model. On cartoons, the
President is nearly always depicted with unruly short hair, while
paintings and daguerrotypes show long hair from about 1845 on.
It seems that President Polk was indeed so seldom seen in public that
his physical appearance was only known to those who bothered to visit
the White House and have a look at him. Yet it seems to have
transpired that his hair had grown nearly white by 1849. A cartoon
from that year shows short white hair:
As now I landed again on one of my favorite Polk-related websites you
may have a look at three other cartoons that picture James Knox as a
Does anyone know about some special symbolic meaning of cranes,
herons, flamingoes and the like?