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This miniature of George Washington is a copy of Gilbert Stuart’s Athenaeum portrait. Though it remained unfinished, the Athenaeum portrait became Stuart’s most reproduced image of the President. Stuart himself copied the work numerous times, as did accomplished miniaturists Robert Field, Thomas Sully, Walter Robertson, and Benjamin Trott. Stuart called Trott the “best and closest” of his imitators, yet his work was uneven in his later years, including his Washington portraits. This work is attributed to Trott, who was from Boston, as was the Civil War Colonel who acquired this miniature. More






Watercolor on ivory, copper alloy, glass


Overall (Including bezel): 2 3/4 in. × 3 3/8 in. (6.99 cm × 8.57 cm)
Other (Miniature): 2 1/2 in. × 3 3/8 in. (6.35 cm × 8.57 cm)


Gift of Mrs. Henry Lyman, 1951

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