This cabinet-sized panel painting is related to an Edward Savage portrait of George Washington commissioned for Harvard University. Washington sat for Savage on 21 December 1789 “at the request of the President and Governors” of the University. The resulting portrait was reproduced in print form by the artist himself in London in 1792, an act that proved very lucrative, and by at least twelve other engravers. One of the engravings likely served as the source for this painting.


Oval, bust-length portrait of George Washington, three-quarters turned, and gazing to the (proper) left. He wears a dark blue Continental army uniform with buff-colored facings and waistcoat, gold buttons and epaulettes, and white stock and jabot. His powdered hair is worn ‘en queue’ and tied with a black ribbon. A Society of the Cincinnati badge appears in the (proper right) lapel. Two large coat buttons are visible, one on each lapel. Of the nine small waistcoat buttons, the bottom 4 are buttoned.

The ground is polychromatic with blue sky and clouds.

The miniature is framed in a period (likely original) gilt wood frame with a gilt wood spandrel. The back and inner edge of the frame are beaded. A backing of Coroplast has been attached to the reverse of the frame.






Oil on wood panel; carved gilt wood (most likely pine), glass


Overall (H x W x D Framed): 8 1/16 in. × 7 1/16 in. × 1 1/4 in. (20.48 cm × 17.94 cm × 3.18 cm)
Other (H x W Image): 4 3/16 in. × 3 5/16 in. (10.64 cm × 8.41 cm)

Credit Line

Purchased with funds donated by C. Thomas Clagett, Jr., 1999
Conservation courtesy of Jacqueline B. Mars

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