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This miniature is unusual is several ways. In addition to its enlarged round format, it depicts George Washington in a continental army uniform but with incongruous red lapels, and with very close-set brown eyes. These details suggest that the miniature was not made from life, but from a black and white print, and that the artist did not know that Washington’s lapels were buff and his eyes were blue. Signed “John Robinson,” it may have been created by the English-born artist of that name who appeared in Philadelphia in 1817. More






Watercolor on ivory, wood, metal


Overall (Image in frame): 5 in. × 5 in. (12.7 cm × 12.7 cm)
Other (Including bezel): 8 3/4 in. × 8 1/2 in. (22.23 cm × 21.59 cm)


Gift of Mrs. Lyttleton B. P. Gould, Jr., M. Chapin Krech, Dr. Shepard Krech, Alvin W. Krech, Peter Chapin, Charles Chapin, and Mrs. Charles Merrill Chapin, III, in memory of Esther Maria Lewis Chapin, 1986


On the backing paper, below the inscription:

1. A red bordered stamp inscribed in graphite (?): 952.

2. In graphite (?):144, but crossed out.


Along the lower left side in brown ink at approximately 8 o'clock: “John Robinson. f.”

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