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Martha Washington

ca. 1859 John Cheney Born: South Manchester, Connecticut 1801 Died: South Manchester, Connecticut 1885 Copy after John Wollaston Born: London, England Died: Bath, England watercolor on ivory image (oval): 1 1/16 x 13/16 in. (2.7 x 2.1 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer 1999.27.6 Not currently on view

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In 1757, the year her first husband died, Martha Dandridge Custis (1731-1802) sat for a portrait by John Wollaston. Martha was then only twenty-six years old, and within two years would marry her second husband, George Washington. Wollaston’s portrait of Martha was engraved in 1859 by John Cheney, of the firm Cheney & Kellogg. Cheney then painted this miniature, based on his own engraving.


Portrait female - Washington, Martha - bust

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor