George Washington (1732-1799)
Oil on canvas
Canvas: 29 x 23 3/4 in. ( 73.7 x 60.3 cm ) Frame: 39 3/4 x 34 7/8 x 5 in. (101 x 88.6 x 12.7 cm)
Washington came for three sittings in the fall of 1795 to the second floor of the American Philosophical Society building in Philadelphia where the Peale Museum was then located. This portrait remained in the Peale Museum until it was purchased at the sale of 1854 by the donor.
Morgan, John Hill, Early American Painters: Illustrated by Examples in the Collection of The New-York Historical Society, New York: New-York Historical Society, 1921, pp. 74-7. Sellers, Charles Coleman, "Charles Wilson Peale's Portraits of Washington," The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, New Series, Vol. 9, no. 6 (February 1951), pp. 147-55. Sellers, Charles Coleman, Portraits and Miniatures by Charles Wilson Peale, Philadelphia: The American Philosophical Society, 1952, pp. 216-7, 239-41. Catalogue of American Portraits in The New-York Historical Society, New Haven: Yale University Press, Vol. II, 1974, pp. 861-2. Miles, Ellen G., George and Martha Washington: Portraits from the Presidential Years, Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1999, n.p.
Gift of Thomas Jefferson Bryan
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