This miniature of George Washington, likely by Ellen Sharples, is thought to have been owned and worn by Martha Washington, and then given to her granddaughter, Elizabeth Parke Custis Law, in whose family it descended. The work is unique within the large body of Sharples portraits of George Washington: it alone merges the attire of the Continental army uniform portraits with the format of the profile portraits. Washington’s countenance appears nearly majestic, and his image dominates the frame, with very little background shown. He appears handsome and youthful, with softened features. More


c. 1796




Watercolor on ivory (?); gilt copper, glass, silk


Overall: 2 1/2 in. × 1 5/8 in. × 3/16 in. (6.35 cm × 4.13 cm × 0.48 cm)


Gift of Katherine Merle-Smith Thomas, 2010

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