Description After George Washington's death in 1799 many Americans wished to own portraits 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. The miniature bares the initials "GS" for Gilbert Stuart and a date in a similar format to two miniatures after portraits by Stuart in the Metropolitan Museum (WAM 38.436 and 38.437, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Anthony). Stuart worked closely with the miniaturists Walter Robinson and Benjamin Trott, both of whom painted miniatures after Stuart's portraits in oils. It is possible that this miniature is by one of these men.
Provenance A.J. Fink [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; A.J. Fink Foundation Inc., Baltimore, 1963, by bequest; Walters Art Museum, 1963, by gift.
Inscriptions [Signed and dated] Lower left: G.S. 1793; [Inscription] On reverse in ink: George / Washington / President of the United / States of America / G. Stuart Pinxet / 1793
Credit Gift of the A. Jay Fink Foundation, Inc., Baltimore, in memory of Abraham Jay Fink, 1963
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