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George Washington

ca. 1845 Henry Brintnell Bounetheau Born: Charleston, South Carolina 1797 Died: Charleston, South Carolina 1877 Copy after Gilbert Stuart Born: Saunderstown, Rhode Island Colony, 1755 Died: Boston, Massachusetts 1828 watercolor on ivory 6 1/8 x 5 in. (15.6 x 12.7 cm) rectangle Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Henry Du Pré Bounetheau 1946.3.15 Not currently on view

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This miniature was painted after a bust-length portrait by Gilbert Stuart, in which Washington appears in a black jacket and white tie, his lips pursed in a serious expression. In 1845 the Charleston, South Carolina, Courier published this description of the miniature: “Benevolence, wisdom, and dignity are alike impressed on the venerable features; and so excellent is the likeness---so full, too of all the elements of goodness and greatness---that the beholder almost feels himself in the presence of the departed excellence.” Conservation of this miniature was made possible through a generous grant provided by the Smithsonian Women’s Committee.


Occupation - political - president

Portrait male - Washington, George - bust

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor