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David Crockett (1786-1836)
Date: 1834
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Medium: Watercolor and graphite touches of gouache and selective glazing on card
Dimensions: Overall: 9 3/4 x 7 3/4 in. ( 24.8 x 19.7 cm )
Description: Portrait: Frontiersman Davy Crockett, in formal dress. Written in brown ink "I leave this rule for others when I am dead/ Be always sure, you are right, then go, a-head/ David Crockett". This drawing was sent by the artist to Asher B. Durand as the basis for an engraving.
Credit Line: Gift of John Durand
Object Number: X.31
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Marks: inscriptions: Inscribed at bottom: I leave this rule for others when I am dead./ Be always sure you are right, then go ahead/ David Crockett.
Inscribed: Inscribed bust portrait in brown ink (over identical inscription): " I leave this rule, for others when I am dead / Be always Sure, you are right then go a head. / David Crockett"

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This watercolor portrait of frontiersman "Davy" Crockett was the basis of an engraving by Asher B. Durand, an impression of which is owned by the Society. Correspondence between De Rose and Durand indicates that the former painted the subject from life in Washington in June, 1834 (letters in Archives of American Art).