| American History Stories, Volume III|
|by Mara L. Pratt|
|Anecdotes from the time Washington became president through the War of 1812, the rise of Andrew Jackson, and the sectional differences leading to the Civil War. Numerous black and white illustrations complement the text. Ages 8-12 |
GENERAL JACKSON'S PORTRAIT
If President Jackson had been allowed to have his own way
we should have no picture of him to grace our historic
galleries; for if there was any one thing that this
obstinate man disliked, it was "picture painting."
"Never! never!" thundered he, "shall my face be set up
here and there and everywhere."
 "My face shall be my own," shouted he, as a
fellow-politician begged him to allow his likeness to
be painted. "My country has a right to my likeness, do
you say?" cried he rising in fury. "I say they have
not. My years and my service are theirs; but my
Few dared brave the thunder of this man, much as his
likeness was desirable.
At one time the King of France sent to Andrew Jackson
an artist, with the request that the French court be
favored with a portrait of America's President. He
found the ex-President sitting erect in his chair,
surrounded by pillows, and his courteous presentation
of his request and his credentials were received, with
"You can't paint my portrait, sir!" roared the general.
"The King of France or any other man cannot have my
"But," said Mr. Healy, "I have come many thousands of
miles, at great labor and expense, upon a commission
from a reigning monarch who greatly admires you. Pray
reconsider your refusal."
"No, sir," said Jackson, "you can't paint my portrait!
You are welcome to stay at the Hermitage the rest of
your days if you like, but you can't have my portrait."
The shrewd artist seized his opportunity; he remained
at the Hermitage, and at last, with the assistance of
the general's family, induced the obstinate old
gentleman to give him short sittings.
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