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Sam Houston ca. 1826 miniature by Joseph Wood

Sam Houston ca. 1826 miniature by Joseph Wood. This miniature was painted while Sam Houston was serving as a Congressman from Tennessee and living in Washington. At the time Joseph Wood, one of the very finest and probably the most underrated of American miniature painters, had a studio there. Having one's miniature done was a way of staking claim to notoriety, which Houston certainly was doing at this period in his life in his own unmistakable way. Andrew Jackson and Henry Clay also had portraits done by Wood during the same period.