Fanny Bassett, Martha Washington's niece, first joined the Washington household in the fall of 1784, and quickly endeared herself to her aunt and other members of the family. A year later, Fanny married George Washington's nephew, George Augustine Washington. Washington asked the beloved couple to make their home at Mount Vernon, requesting his nephew to act as farm manager, and Fanny became her aunt's trusted deputy in running the affairs of the household. Her portrait, painted in 1785, was prominently hung in the West or Front Parlor at Mount Vernon. More






Oil on canvas


Overall: 24 3/4 in. x 19 1/2 in. (62.87 cm x 49.53 cm)
Other (Stretcher): 25 in. x 20 1/8 in. (63.5 cm x 51.13 cm)


Gift of Mrs. S. Fahs Smith, 1947

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