Identifying the Mahockney portrait’s subject as John Tyler, 10th President of the United States

Although the subject is not identified in the Mahockney portrait, our research strongly suggests that it is a previously uncatalogued portrait of John Tyler, 1790-1862, Governor of Virginia (1825-27), U.S. Senator, and tenth President of the United States (1841-1845).

Below are side-by-side comparisons with known portraits and daguerreotypes of John Tyler during his career –  with the Mahockney portrait on the right in each pair:

Tyler portrait by John Wesley Jarvis, 1826; painting has remained within the Tyler family, reproduction below in John Wesley Jarvis, American Painter, 1780-1840. With a Checklist of His Works (New York Historical Society, 1949):

Tyler engraving c. 1826, in the archives of the Virginia Historical Society: 


Tyler by artist Thomas Sully, circa 1841, now in Mead Art Museum at Amherst College:


Tyler in “…a lithograph drawn from life and published by Charles Fenderich in 1841, just after Tyler’s accession to the presidency.” Now in the National Portrait Gallery collection, Washington DC:


Tyler portrait circa 1842 by G.P.A. Healy:

Tyler while President, daguerreotype by Mathew Brady, 1845:
Tyler, daguerreotype circa 1860:

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