This profile portrait of George Washington was likely made after one by James Sharples, the renowned British pastellist, for whom the President sat at least once. Mount Vernon also holds a set of Sharples’ original pastels which are believed to have been produced from life sittings with the Washington family members in 1796 or 1797. The set--which includes profile portraits of George and Martha Washington, and her grandchildren Nelly Custis and George Washington Parke Custis, as well as Georges Washington Motier Lafayette--was hung in the Front Parlor of Mount Vernon, where they were documented by visitors in 1798 and 1801. More

Date

c. 1799


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Material/Technique

Pastel on laid paper


Dimensions

Overall (H x W): 9 1/2 in. x 7 1/2 in. (24.13 cm x 19.05 cm)


Credit

Purchased by the A. Alfred Taubman Acquisition Endowment Fund, 2001


Object Number

FA-5317/RP-891


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