In July 1830 Anson Dickinson received a commission from Martha Washington’s grandson, George Washington Parke Custis, to copy in miniature Charles Willson Peale’s George Washington as a Virginia Colonel of 1772. The miniature was used as the source of a widely-distributed engraving, which was sold for one dollar. Americans were encouraged to buy the engraving as their “duty” to acquire “everything relative to that great and good man.” This miniature is a later, 1850, copy by Dickinson of his 1830 miniature.

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Date

1850


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Material/Technique

Watercolor and gouache on ivory; gilt wood frame, gilt sanded mat, glass


Dimensions

Overall (H x W x D): 10 3/8 in. × 9 1/8 in. × 2 1/8 in. (26.35 cm × 23.18 cm × 5.4 cm)
Other (H x W Miniature): 4 3/8 in. × 3 3/16 in. (11.11 cm × 8.1 cm)


Credit

Gift of Elizabeth and Stanley DeForest Scott, 2013


Signed

At lower proper left corner, in white, “A Dickinson” / below it there is a date: which though not entirely legible appears to read “1850”.


Object Number

M-5334


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