In 1795, George Washington sat for the artist Charles Willson Peale at Philosophical Hall in Philadelphia. Peale had painted six earlier life portraits of Washington and this would be his last. Peale's likeness of the president presented a serious but tranquil statesman contemplating the nation's future. Its modest success led to commissions for small size copies such as this one, which offered art patrons an intimate look at the venerated leader. More


c. 1795-1800




A: Oil on canvas B: Wood, gesso, gilt


Overall (A: painting): 7 3/4 in. x 6 1/8 in. (19.69 cm x 15.57 cm)
Overall (B: frame): 12 in. x 10 3/8 in. x 2 3/16 in. (30.48 cm x 26.37 cm x 5.56 cm)


Gift of Mrs. Wallace H. Cole and Mrs. John C. Jansing, 1995

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