A Notable Nineteenth-Century Philadelphia Lawyer and Democratic Politician [American School, 19th Century]. [Hirst, William L. (1804-1876)]. [Portrait of William L. Hirst]. 31-1/4" x 39-1/2" (image size). Oil on canvas in ornate nineteenth-century gilded wood frame. Some minor nicks and chips to frame, gilding slightly dulled, otherwise fine. $3,500. * Hirst had a thriving private law practice and was active in Democratic politics. In 1853, Hirst was elected President of the Democratic State Convention. He was an early proponent of the City of Philadelphia consolidation. This portrait belonged to the Philadelphia Bar Association. Founded in 1802, it is the oldest association of lawyers in the United States. Its library, where this portrait was last displayed, was renamed the Theodore F. Jenkins Memorial Law Library in 1967.
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