This miniature is related to a portrait of George Washington commissioned for Harvard University. Washington sat for Savage on 21 December 1789 “at the request of the President and Governors” of the University. The resulting portrait was given to Harvard by August 1791, and became one of the most popular images of Washington during his presidency. It was reproduced in print form by the artist himself in London in 1792, an act that proved very lucrative, and by at least twelve other engravers. This miniature was likely made in England or Ireland after one of those engravings, as it was owned by an Irish family in the early 19th century. More


c. 1800-1830s




Watercolor, ivory, wood, glass, paper


Other (Framed): 4 9/16 in. × 4 1/2 in. × 1 1/2 in. (11.59 cm × 11.43 cm × 3.81 cm)
Other (Image): 2 in. × 1 1/2 in. (5.08 cm × 3.81 cm)


Purchased with funds provided by the William S. and Lora Jean Kilroy Foundation, 2012

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