Oval, bust-length portrait in polychrome watercolors of George Washington, face three-quarters turned, and gazing to the (proper) right. The portrait is lit from the (proper) right, and President Washington is shown with blue eyes; red has been applied to define the corners of the eyes and the lips. A wash of color appears along his jawline. His hair is powdered and a curl is shown over his left ear; darker chestnut-colored hair appears behind his head in what looks like a braid. He is wearing his blue Continental army uniform with buff-colored facings and waistcoat, the top button of which is unbuttoned, gold buttons and epaulettes, and white stock and lace jabot. The white-edged blue ribbon of Washington's badge of the Society of the Cincinnati is visible in the (proper) left lapel, though the badge itself is obscured by the frame. The ground is polychromatic with an overall effect of grayish-brown, though certain areas, particularly around the head at (proper) right echo the blue and particularly the gold of the uniform. There are tiny dots of dark blue paint at the lower edge at proper right. At upper (proper) right, the unpainted edge of the ivory is revealed where it has not been covered by the frame.

The miniature is framed in an elaborate gold casing, and engraved with scallops, festoons, and stippled patterns and an outer gadroon border.

The back of the portrait frames a lock of hair under a glass casing bearing the monogram of Washington "GW" in gold. The patina of the gold surface appears uneven and discolored.


c. 1789



Watercolor on ivory


Overall: 2 3/4 in. x 11/16 in. x 3/8 in. (6.99 cm x 1.75 cm x 0.95 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of the Stanley King Family Foundation, 1997

Object Number


Colors (Beta)

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