Description Bust-length, almost full view portrait of George Washington wearing a powdered wig, black coat with upright collar, white stock and lace jabot. The miniature was painted for Mrs. Lawrence Lewis, née Nellie Custis on order from Thomas H. Perkins (1764-1854). The inscription on the back reads, "Presented to Mrs. Lewis by her respectful servant, J.H. Perkins." After George Washington's death in 1799 many Americans wished to own portrait of the first president and revolutionary hero. Miniatures were a popular format for these memorials. This image is after a portrait by Gilbert Stuart, today in the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown.
- Four Centuries of Miniature Painting from the Collections of the A. Jay Fink Foundation, Inc. and A.J. Fink, Personally. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1958-1959.
Provenance Mrs. Lawrence Lewis (Nellie Custis) [date of acquisition unknown] by gift; Frances Parke Lewis [date of acquisition unknown] by inheritance; Lawrence Lewis Butler [date of acquisition unknown] by inheritance; E.G. Butler [date of acquisition unknown] by inheritance; A.J. Fink [date of acquisition unknown] by purchase [David Bendann, Baltimore, as agent]; A.J. Fink Foundation Inc., Baltimore, 1963, by bequest; Walters Art Museum, 1963, by gift.
Inscriptions [Inscription] Handwritten on reverse: Presented to Mrs. Lewis by her respectful servant, J.H. Perkins.
Credit Gift of the A. Jay Fink Foundation, Inc., Baltimore, in memory of Abraham Jay Fink, 1963
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