This profile portrait of George Washington was inspired by an original pastel by James Sharples, the renowned British pastellist, for whom the President sat at least once. This work and its pendant, of Martha Washington, were probably produced in the late 19th century, most likely using Sharples copies now owned by the Bristol Art Gallery as a source. Perhaps reflecting later tastes, the artist who produced these oils simplified the Sharples backgrounds, darkened their palette, and enlarged the images. More


c. 1840-1882




Oil on canvas


Other (Framed in D-79.1): 36 in. × 31 1/2 in. × 3 1/2 in. (91.44 cm × 80.01 cm × 8.89 cm)


Purchased by the Connoisseur Society of Mount Vernon, 2014

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