Edward Savage's painting of the nation's First Family quickly achieved icon status when he exhibited it in 1796. George Washington - who had posed for Savage in 1789, 1790 and 1795 - admired the portrait so much that he ordered four of the resulting stipple engravings in "handsome, but not costly, gilt frames, with glasses" from the artist in 1798. Appropriately, one of these framed prints adorned the small or family dining room at Mount Vernon.

George and Martha Washington had no children together, but raised Mrs. Washington's son and daughter, as well as her son's two youngest children, Eleanor ("Nelly") and George Washington ("Washy") Parke Custis. Savage's portrait depicts the family looking at plan for the new Federal City, to be named after their patriarch. More






Ink on paper, stipple engraving


Overall: 27 in. x 31 1/2 in. (68.58 cm x 80.01 cm)


Purchase, 1960

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