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George Clinton (1739-1812)
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Medium: Watercolor, black ink, and black chalk on paper mounted on textured paper with printed stamp
Dimensions: Overall: 16 3/8 x 13 3/8 in. ( 41.6 x 34 cm )
Description: Portrait
Credit Line: Gift of Lena Cadwalader Evans
Object Number: 1935.41
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Marks: signature and date: lower left: "E. Ames / 1795"
Inscribed: Signed and inscribed at lower left in watercolor: "E. Ames / 1795"

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George Clinton, seven times governor of New York (1777-95 and 1801-04) and twice vice-president of the United States (1805-12), was a leading political figure from the period of the Revolution to the War of 1812. This watercolor is generally similar to Ames's 1814 oil of Clinton, and actually appears to be signed. However, this signature is suspect; moreover, the style of the painting is not like anything known to be by Ames.