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Portrait of George Washington

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Description In 1793, after working in London and Dublin for 18 years, Stuart returned to America. Two years later, he painted his first portrait of George Washington, showing the right side of the president's face, a format since known as the Vaughan type. In the spring of 1796, Washington again sat for Stuart, and the resulting portrait, which was never finished, was originally acquired by the Boston Athenaeum. Depicting the left side of the face, this second version was replicated many times, becoming an icon of American art. The Baltimore art collector Robert Gilmor, Jr., for a fee of $150, commissioned the artist to paint this example of the Athenaeum format. It was Stuart's last likeness of Washington.
Date Description Narrative
Examinationexamined for condition
2/06/1937Examinationexamined for other
5/07/1941Treatmentrepaired; coated
6/23/1966Treatmentloss compensation, coated
5/02/1988Examinationexamined for condition
9/01/1991Treatmentloss compensation; other
  • Old and New England. Rhode Island School of Design, Providence. 1945.
  • Man and His Years. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1954.
  • The Taste of Maryland: Art Collecting in Maryland 1800-1934. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984.
  • Gilbert Stuart. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; National Gallery of Art, Washington. 2004-2005.
  • 19th Century Masterpieces from the Walters Art Museum. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara; Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, Austin. 2010-2011.
Provenance Commissioned by Robert Gilmor, Jr., Baltimore, August 12, 1825; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gilmor, Baltimore, 1848. Purchased by Mrs. Sarah Madeline Vinton Dahlgren [1] (H. N. Barlow as agrent), Washington, D.C., 1872; purchased by William T. Walters (S. P. Avery as agent), Baltimore, 1885; inherited by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931. [1] wife of the American Civil War Admiral John A. Dahlgren
Inscriptions [Number] On back of canvas: - 202 r7 70
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, 1885

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oil on canvas
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H: 30 5/16 x W: 25 3/8 in. (77 x 64.5 cm); Framed H with build-up: 40 9/16 x W: 34 15/16 x D: 5 3/8 in. (103.03 x 88.74 x 13.65 cm)
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