George Washington, ca. 1846
Rembrandt Peale (American, 1778–1860)
Oil on canvas; 36 1/8 x 29 1/8 in. (91.76 x 73.98 cm)
Bequest of Charles Allen Munn, 1924 (24.109.86)
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 trompe-l'oeil stone casements, a format Peale may have observed during periods of study in Europe.