George Washington (1732-1799)
Watercolor on marble
Overall: 12 3/4 x 10 1/2 in. ( 32.4 x 26.7 cm )
inscription: on wood backing: "George Washington First President of the United States / Originally Painted by Archibald Robertson / From The Life Dec'r 1791 at Philadelphia"
Robertson arrived in the United States from England in 1791, bringing with him a letter of introduction to President Washington from the Earl of Buchan. Washington gladly posed for the young painter. The inscription on the back of the Society's portrait suggests that this is the original from which Robertson made a number of copies.
Gift of Dr. John E. Stillwell
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