This profile portrait of Martha 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 George 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 the oils simplified the Sharples backgrounds, darkened their palette, and enlarged the images. More

Date

c. 1840-1882


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Material/Technique

Oil on canvas


Dimensions

Overall (Framed: H x W): 30 in. x 25 in. (76.2 cm x 63.5 cm)


Credit

Purchased by the Connoisseur Society of Mount Vernon, 2014


Object Number

M-5363/A-B


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