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GEORGE WASHINGTON [ the Gibbs-Channing-Avery portrait ]

Oil on canvas, begun 1795
30 1/4 x 25 1/4 in. (76.8 x 64.1 cm)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Rogers Fund, 1907
(07.160)


This example, known by the names of its successive owners, contains evidence of the appearance of Stuart's first life portrait of Washington. Beneath the black paint is a reddish-brown coat with yellow buttons, suggesting that Stuart conceived this picture at the same time as the one now in the Frick Collection. This portrait seems to have remained in Stuart's studio for some time, and he retouched it to conform to his other presidential images of Washington. Another indication of a slightly later completion date is the sawtooth queue ribbon, which Stuart used on the earliest of the Athenaeum-type portraits.


GALLERY:  1. Stuart in Newport & Scotland  |  2. Stuart in London  |  3. Stuart in Dublin  |  4. Stuart in New York
  5. Stuart in Philadelphia  |  6. George Washington Gallery  |  7. Stuart in Washington, D.C.   |  8. Stuart in Boston

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