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George Washington

Artist:
Gilbert Stuart (American, North Kingston, Rhode Island 1755–1828 Boston, Massachusetts)
Date:
ca. 1798–1800
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
29 x 23 3/4 in. (73.7 x 60.3 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Bequest of Richard De Wolfe Brixey, 1943
Accession Number:
43.86.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 719
The unspecified red background and limited detail in this distinctive portrait place the emphasis on the first president's benign and noble face. It is a quality of Stuart's genius that in spite of the chore of having to paint so many replicas of his successful and popular portraits of Washington, he managed to bring to every one a significant difference in bearing and attitude.
#3840. George Washington
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the Phillips family, Manchester, England; Morton Phillips, Haybridge, Staffordshire, until 1924; with Duveen Brothers, New York, 1924; Richard De Wolfe Brixey, 1924–died 1943
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