John Ross and Andrew Jackson

General Andrew Jackson

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General Andrew Jackson, as painted by the artist Rembrandt Peale after his victories at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend and New Orleans during the War of 1812. It’s an impressively realistic portrait of Jackson, then in his late forties. The lines on his face are visible, and the broad gold epaulettes on his shoulders do not prevent him from looking excruciatingly thin. Jackson was in terrible health for most of his later life, and between battles during the War of 1812 he was immobilized by dysentery.

John Ross, Cherokee Nation Principal Chief

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John Ross, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation from 1828 until his death in 1866. Ross is one of the two main characters of Jacksonland. For more than 20 years, he contended against Andrew Jackson for control of land in the American South. This portrait was one of many commissioned in the early 19th century by Thomas McKenney, a Federal Indian official who arranged for Indian chiefs to have their portraits painted when they visited Washington for negotiations. McKenney had their portraits hung in a room of his office.