Portrait exhibited in A House Divided: America in the Age of Lincoln (1990-2002) and Lincoln's Chicago (2010--) at CHM, and Undying Words: Lincoln 1858-65 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (2014-2016).
Portrait of Stephen Arnold Douglas (1813-1861) head and shoulders, facing left, seated in a red upholstered chair, wearing a black suit, white shirt and black cravat.
This is probably a posthumous or commemorative portrait of Stepehn A. Douglas, the most prominent politician in America during the mid-nineteenth century. Known as "The Little Giant" for his short stature and powerful presence, Douglas belonged to the Democratic Party and served as an Illinois judge and state legislator before his election to the U.S. Senate in 1847. Douglas participated in the famous Great Debates with Abraham Lincoln during the 1858 senatorial race, which he won. He ran for president in 1860 but lost to three other candidates, including Lincoln. Douglas died in Chicago on June 3, 1861 and is buried on the city's South Side.