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Gilbert Stuart

1825-1827 Sarah Goodridge Born: Templeton, Massachusetts 1788 Died: Boston, Massachusetts 1853 watercolor on ivory sight 1 7/8 x 1 5/8 in. (4.8 x 4.1 cm) oval Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer 1999.27.16 Not currently on view


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Sarah Goodridge painted this miniature at the request of Gilbert Stuart (1755-1828), who believed no one else could capture the essence of his personality. He declared it the "only true likeness" of him, and valued this work so much that he presented it to his mother, adorned with a bracelet woven from his own, and his wife's, hair. According to family letters, Stuart presented this miniature to his mother on July 21, 1827. Of the three miniatures Goodridge painted of Stuart, this was the sitter's favorite. The other two are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Conservation of this miniature was made possible through a generous grant provided by the Smithsonian Women's Committee.

Keywords

Portrait male - Stuart, Gilbert - bust

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor

ivory