George Washington

Rembrandt Peale American

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.

George Washington, Rembrandt Peale (American, Bucks County, Pennsylvania 1778–1860 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), Oil on canvas, American

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