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In 1824, Rembrandt Peale created an innovative portrait of George Washington that circulated widely in the form of prints like this one. Framed by an oval stone window decorated with oak leaves and the visage of Jupiter, the artist aligned Washington with the leaders of the Roman Republic, whose ideals were often invoked by the Founding Fathers.


Bust length portrait of George Washington, set inside a masonry oval or "porthole" against a background of sky and clouds; Washington has his head turned and looks to the viewer's right; he wears civilian clothes, with a white stock and ruffle and a black waistcoat and coat; a black drape hangs over his shoulders and spills out of the masonry opening; a carved wreath of oak leaves encircles the masonry opening, which is surmounted by a keystone with the mask of Jupiter; the lintel below the opening is carved with the words "Patriae Pater" [Father of the Country]; lit from the right.


c. 1850




Ink, paper


Overall: 29 13/16 in. x 23 3/4 in. (75.74 cm x 60.33 cm)
Other (image): 19 1/8 in. x 15 1/8 in. (48.59 cm x 38.43 cm)

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Gift of Mrs. C. W. Muckle, 1946

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