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George Washington

Artist:
Gilbert Stuart (American, North Kingston, Rhode Island 1755–1828 Boston, Massachusetts)
Date:
ca. 1803
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
29 1/8 x 24 1/8 in. (74 x 61.3 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of H. O. Havemeyer, 1888
Accession Number:
88.18
Not on view
Stuart's most popular portraits of Washington are the so-called Athenaeum type, of which there are as many as sixty replicas dating from the turn of the nineteenth century until the artist's death. Often disparagingly referred to as his "hundred-dollar bills"--after the price of each painting--the striking portraits not only provided an income for Stuart but also made him a major player in the development of Washington as a cultural icon, as the works sold far and wide.
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