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Member of the Washington Family

ca. 1795 James Peale Born: Chestertown, Maryland 1749 Died: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1831 watercolor on ivory sight 2 x 1 5/8 in. (5.1 x 4.1 cm) oval Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Catherine Walden Myer Fund 1950.10.2 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 16A, Drawer 1


Luce Center Label

Family lore holds that this brooch pin features the portrait of an illegitimate son of George Washington, fathered when Washington was eighteen years old. Washington lent financial support to neighbors and members of his extended family at Mount Vernon, making it difficult to determine how accurate that legend is. One theory is that this is the likeness of Corbin Washington (1765-1799), who married Hannah Lee, a daughter of Richard Henry Lee, in whose family this miniature descended.

Keywords

Portrait - unidentified - bust

Portrait - unidentified - child

Portrait - unidentified - Washington

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor

ivory