George Washington

Artist: Rembrandt Peale (American, Bucks County, Pennsylvania 1778–1860 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Date: ca. 1846

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 36 1/8 x 29 1/8 in. (91.76 x 73.98 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Bequest of Charles Allen Munn, 1924

Accession Number: 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 tromp l'oeil stone casements, a format Peale may have observed during periods of study in Europe.