Daniel Webster (Black Dan) (1782-1852), Class of 1801

Francis Alexander, American, 1800 - 1880



Oil on canvas

Overall: 30 × 25 in. (76.2 × 63.5 cm)

Frame: 39 1/2 × 34 1/2 in. (100.3 × 87.6 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Gift of Dr. George C. Shattuck, Class of 1803



North America, United States


19th century

Object Name




Not on view


Signed, dated, and inscribed on reverse: Painted by Fr. Alexander for Dartmouth at Boston, 1835.

Exhibition History

The Godlike Black Dan, A Selection of Portraits from Life in Commemoration of the Two Hundredth Anniversary of the Birth of Daniel Webster, National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C., June 4-November 28, 1982.

Portraits at Dartmouth, Jaffe-Friede Galleries, Hopkins Center Art Galleries, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, March 10-April 16, 1978.

Israel Sack Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, March 2, 2009-November 11, 2010.

Happy Birthday Daniel Webster, Carpenter Gallery, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, December 5, 1975-January 25, 1976.

Fred Wilson, So Much Trouble in the World - Believe It or Not!, Churchill P. Lathrop Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, October 4-December 11, 2005.

Collegiate Collections, 1776-1876, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts, June 15-December 15, 1976, illus. no. 11.

Art and the Excited Spirit: America in the mid-19th Century, University of Michigan Museum, Ann Arbor, Michigan, March 19-May 14, 1972, no. 1.

American Art at Dartmouth: Highlights from the Hood Museum of Art, Churchill P. Lathrop Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, June 9-December 9, 2007.

Publication History

Various Editors (not given). Literature & Language. Evanston, Illinois: McDougal, Littell and Company. textbook, grade 11, page 231.

Trends Magazine, Japanese language, 1988

Thomas Michie, Portraits of Lawyers in the Dartmouth College Case, Boston Bar Journal, 1983

Sarah Barringer Gordon, University of Pennsylvania, Blasphemy and the Law of Religious Liberty in Nineteenth-Century America, American Quarterly, Vol. 52, No. 4, December 2000, Fig. 5, ill. p. 703.

Sara Robbins, Editor, Law: A Treasury of Art and Literature, New York: Hugh Lauter Levin Associates, Inc. (Distributed by Macmillan Publishing Company), 1990, ill.p. 243 (colorplate 80)

Robert V. Remini, Daniel Webster: The Man and His Time, New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 1997, cover illustration and on insert page after p. 542

Richard Landon, Eclectic Art at Dartmouth's Hood Museum, Press-Republican, Plattsburgh, New York, Sunday, February 12, 1995, ill. p. B 10

Remini, Robert, V. "Andrew Jackson, the Constitution, and the Bank War" in Constitution Magazine. New York, New York: Foudnation for the U.S. Constitution.

Remini, Robert V. "Jackson vs. the Bank" in Constitution magazine, Volume 2, Number 3, Fall 1990. Page 65

Patricia Harris, Art of the State of New Hampshire, New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2000, 96 p., ill.

Meg Thering '05, Editor-in-Chief, The Dartmouth College Undergraduate Journal of Law: A Publication of the Daniel Webster Legal Society and the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center, Hanover, NH, Volume I, Issue 1, Spring 2003, 64 pp. ill. p. 6.

Meg Chorlian, Editor, Cobblestone Magazine, Discover American History: The Compomise of 1850, Peterborough, New Hampshire: Cobblestone Publishing Company, Janaury 2002, 48 pp., ill. p. 15.

Making Law and Interpreting Law: The Role of the Supreme Court. Susan E. Green, Guidance Associates, 90 So. Bedford Road, Mt. Kisco, NY, 10549

Kristy Raine, "When Tillage Begins: The Stone City Art Colony and School" educational website for Mt. Mercy College, 1330 Elmhurst Drive NE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402, (http://www.mtmercy.edu/stonecity/schome.htm), August 2003.

John M. Blum, William S. McFeely, Edmund S. Morgan, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., Kenneth M. Stampp, C. Vann Woodward, The National Experience: A History of the United States, Eight Edition,Harcourt Brace Jovanovich College Publishers, 1992, ill. p. 195

John Conron, American Picturesque, University Park: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2000, ill. p. 46, fig.3.

John A. Garraty, The American Nation, eight edition, New York: HarperCollins College Publishers, 1995, ill. p.208

John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes, The American Nation, Volume 1, New York: Addison Wesley Educational Publishers, Inc., 2000, illus. p. 214.

Jane Turner, editor, Grove Encyclopedias of the Arts of America, Encyclopedia of American Art before 1914, London: Macmillan Reference, Limited, 2000, ill. p. 6

James McKenna, Webster and Rhetoric, Vermont Law Review, South Royalton: Vermont Law Review, 1993

James Barber and Frederick Voss, The Godlike Black Dan, A Selection of Portraits from Life in Commemoration of the Two Hundredth Anniversary of the Birth of Daniel Webster, Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1982, p. 36-37.

Jack A. Garraty, Ed. Quarrels That Have Shaped the Constitution.

Ivan Kurilla, "Voiti v krug velikih derzav": Daniel Webster i vneshnyaya politika SShA (Russian), Russia: Volgograd University Press, 1998.

Ira Glackens. Did Molly Pitcher Say That?. Tenth Avenue Editions, Inc.

History Video (goes with textbook), Scott Foresman, A Division of Harper Collins Publishers,

George Hill Evans, Catalogue of Portraits and other works of art in the gallery of Dartmouth College, Hanover: Dartmouth College, 1901, p. 23, no. 60a.

George B. Tindall, David E. Shi, Thomas Lee Pearcy, The Essential America, 1st ed. (split volume ed.), New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 2001, 627 p., ill.

George B. Ti


Commissioned by the Trustees of Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, 1934; Dr. George C. Shattuck; given to present collection, 1836.

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