Zachary Taylor, Major General, U.S.A.

Accession Number

Zachary Taylor, Major General, U.S.A.


Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
circa 1850s-1860s

Medium & Support
albumen print on paper

Credit Line
Gift of Dr. Seymour and Barbara K. Adelson

Subject matter
In this image, Major General Zachary Taylor gazes directly at the viewer. He is situated amid an unspecific locale, as soldiers march in the lower-right background beneath a dramatic, cloud-filled sky. This pictorial format recalls conventions for painted portraits of famous generals in the nineteenth century. This photograph of General Taylor likely reproduces an earlier photogravure, which itself may have been taken from a dageurreotype at some point in the 1840s. Taylor's military career ended in 1849 when he assumed the presidency of the United States.     

Physical Description
Half-length portrait of a man in military uniform with clouds in the background. 

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area

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armed forces
cartes-de-visite (card photographs)
major generals
military uniforms
officers (administrators)

3 Related Resources

Photographic Portraiture in the 19th Century
(Part of: Identity and Self-Understanding)
U.S. Civil War
(Part of 5 Learning Collections)
U.S. Wars
(Part of 6 Learning Collections)

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