Originally hung in the home of Dr. Stephen Duncan at his home Auburn at Natchez, Mississippi.
Portrait of Henry Clay (1777-1852), head and shoulders, front view. He is dressed in a black coat with red arms and a high-collared white shirt. Bust portrait; very long, oval head; blond hair.
One of the country’s most prominent politicians, Henry Clay of Kentucky became known as the “Great Compromiser” when he temporarily resolved the slavery debate by framing the Missouri Compromise in 1820 and the Compromise of 1850. In his speech to the Senate on February 5-6, 1850, Clay warned that secession was not a remedy for Southern opposition. 'I am directly opposed to any purpose of secession, of separation. I am for staying with the Union…Here I am within it, and here I mean to stand and die.' This portrait, attributed to Kentucky portrait painter Mathew H. Jouett, was probably painted around the time Clay unsuccessfully ran for president in 1824.