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This miniature is an early example of the widespread influence of Gilbert Stuart’s portraiture of George Washington, and particularly the Athenaeum-type portrait of 1796. Stuart’s portraits were copied by accomplished miniaturists such as Robert Field, Thomas Sully, Walter Robertson, and Benjamin Trott. This miniature can be traced back to the lifetime of George Washington, as it was apparently owned by Washington’s youngest brother Charles, who died in 1799. It is currently attributed to Benjamin Trott. There are two other miniatures after Stuart and apparently by Trott in the MVLA collection: H-2377 and M-1661. More


c. 1799




Watercolor on ivory; gilt copper case, glass, fabric


Overall (H x W x D): 3 5/16 in. × 2 5/16 in. × 3/8 in. (8.47 cm × 5.87 cm × 0.95 cm)


Gift of Mrs. Charles L. Hussey and Carolina Brownson Hart, 1944

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