Art/ Collection/ Collection/ Art Object

Portrait of the Artist

Artist:
Gilbert Stuart (American, North Kingston, Rhode Island 1755–1828 Boston, Massachusetts)
Date:
ca. 1786
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
10 5/8 x 8 7/8 in. (27 x 22.5 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1926
Accession Number:
26.16
On view at The Met Breuer on Floor 3
Preserved on a label found on the back of this picture are excerpts from a letter dated December 6, 1884, in which Jane Stuart, the artist's youngest daughter, wrote of the work and her father, "He painted a small sketch of himself for my mother (in London after great persuasion) but could not be induced to finish it." This suggests that the portrait was painted when Stuart was about age thirty, shortly after his marriage to Charlotte Coates on May 10, 1786. Stuart's sketchily indicated tousled hair and sunken eyes emphasize both his proud and irritable character and his working method.
Mrs. Gilbert Stuart, Boston; her daughter, Jane Stuart, Boston; Mrs. Harrison Gray Otis, Boston, died 1873; possibly her son, Harrison Gray Otis, died ca. 1883; Estate of Mrs. Harrison Gray Otis, Boston, 1883–1922; Albert Rosenthal, Philadelphia, 1925–1926; with Ehrich Galleries, New York, 1926
Related Objects

Plaque of George Washington

Artist: After Gilbert Stuart (American, North Kingston, Rhode Island 1755–1828 Boston, Massachusetts) Date: 1776–1830 Medium: Painted glass Accession: 83.2.107 On view in:Not on view

James DeLancey

Artist: Gilbert Stuart (American, North Kingston, Rhode Island 1755–1828 Boston, Massachusetts) Date: ca. 1785 Medium: Oil on canvas Accession: 2008.467 On view in:Gallery 774

John Shaw

Artist: Gilbert Stuart (American, North Kingston, Rhode Island 1755–1828 Boston, Massachusetts) Date: 1793 Medium: Oil on canvas Accession: 2005.462.1 On view in:Gallery 774

Captain John Gell

Artist: Gilbert Stuart (American, North Kingston, Rhode Island 1755–1828 Boston, Massachusetts) Date: 1785 Medium: Oil on canvas Accession: 2000.450 On view in:Gallery 753

George Washington

Artist: Gilbert Stuart (American, North Kingston, Rhode Island 1755–1828 Boston, Massachusetts) Date: begun 1795 Medium: Oil on canvas Accession: 07.160 On view in:Gallery 753