Rembrandt Peale (American, Bucks County, Pennsylvania 1778–1860 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Oil on canvas
36 1/8 x 29 1/8 in. (91.76 x 73.98 cm)
Bequest of Charles Allen Munn, 1924
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
When he was eighteen, Rembrandt Peale painted a portrait of Washington from life in the presence of his father, Charles Willson Peale. During the remainder of his career, Rembrandt demonstrated a near obsession with Washington and replicated this famous portrait seventy-nine times. The stone oval derives from the seventeenth-century European fashion for tromp l'oeil stone casements, a format Peale may have observed during periods of study in Europe.
Signature: [at lower left]: Rembrandt Peale
with Ehrich Galleries, New York, by 1909–possibly until 1920s; Charles Allen Munn, West Orange, New Jersey, 1909–died 1924