With the election of Andrew Jackson to the Presidency in 1828 came a new self-image for the United States. The aristocratic ideals of the past gave way to the dignity of each individual. As mid-century approached, the interests of the common people inspired American painters to paint detailed subjects of everyday life. Featured painters include William Harnett, John Peto, William Sidney Mount, and John Quidor.
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