Description James Madison was an American politician and political philosopher who served as the fourth President of the United States (1809 to 1817) and is considered one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.He was the principal author of the United States Constitution, and is often called the 'Father of the Constitution'. In 1788, he wrote over a third of the Federalist Papers, the most influential commentary on the Constitution. The first president to have served in the United States Congress, he was a leader in the 1st United States Congress, drafting many basic laws, and was responsible for the first ten amendments to the Constitution and thus is also known as the 'Father of the Bill of Rights'. As a political theorist, Madison's most distinctive belief was that the new republic needed checks and balances to protect individual rights from the tyranny of the majority. -Wikipedia. This is an image of an oil on canvas Portrait of James Madison, by John Vanderlyn (1775 to 1852), in 1816. William Kloss, et al. Art in the White House: A Nation's Pride. Washington, D.C.: The White House Historical Association, 2008 notes: 'The portrait [of James Madison] was commissioned . . . by James Monroe . . . Cameo-like, with firm planes and carefully controlled range of values, it does not rely on deep shadow or strong contrast for its sculptural effect, but works mostly in light tones. The face, despite its impassivity, reveals the toll exacted by the War of 1812 . . . It is set above a high-collared black coat between a freely painted cravat and the simple powdered hairstyle favored by Madison . . . '. The source of this image is The White House Historical Association, the painting is in the White House collection. The work of art itself is in the public domain because its copyright has expired. This photographic reproduction is also considered to be in the public domain. It was obtained from Wikimedia Commons at: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:James_Madison.jpg
Richard Eslinger, Farmington Hills, Michigan Member Since January 2011 Artist Statement Hello, I'm Richard Eslinger, the creator of this Imagekind gallery.
For most of my career I worked as an engineer and computer graphics specialist. In more recent years, I discovered a hobby of searching archival sources for historic, interesting, or important vintage images. I refurbish them with graphics software and imprint them on stone, tile, wood, paper, or glass in various ways. This has led to the presentation of some interesting artwork. Some of the results of this hobby can be seen on this Imagekind gallery as well as my website https://www.vintage-imaging.com.
I also work in a trophy and awards business, Great Lakes Trophies and Engraving (GLTE) in Garden City, Michigan. You can visit us at www.greatlakestrophies.com to see some of the items we make and sell. I program and operate our engraving machines for trophies and recognition awards. We have 5 engraving machines including 3 laser engravers and 2 mechanical engravers. Programming and running them is an art in its own right and requires an artistic view and use of computer graphics software.
I live in Farmington Hills, Michigan with my wife, Karen. Thank you for visitingmy Imagekind gallery. To view more historical images, visit my website at https://www.vintage-imaging.com