This cabinet-sized panel painting is related to an Edward Savage 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 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. One of the engravings likely served as the source for this painting. More






Oil on wood panel; carved gilt wood (most likely pine), glass


Overall (H x W x D Framed): 8 1/16 in. × 7 1/16 in. × 1 1/4 in. (20.48 cm × 17.94 cm × 3.18 cm)
Other (H x W Image): 4 3/16 in. × 3 5/16 in. (10.64 cm × 8.41 cm)


Purchased with funds donated by C. Thomas Clagett, Jr., 1999
Conservation courtesy of Jacqueline B. Mars

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