General George Washington

  • Henry Brintnell Bounetheau, John Trumbull, General George Washington, ca. 1845, watercolor on ivory, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Henry Du Pré Bounetheau, 1946.3.19

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This three-quarter-length view of Washington is adapted from the full-scale painting by John Trumbull, commissioned by the city of Charleston, South Carolina, in 1791 to commemorate Washington’s visit. In the words of the council, the painting was commissioned to "hand down to posterity the remembrance of the man to whom they are so much indebted for the blessings of peace, liberty and independence.” Henry Brintnell Bounetheau and other miniaturists made and sold many small copies of the popular image. Here he omitted the horse and Washington’s aide-de-camp, preferring to concentrate on the general himself. Conservation of this miniature was made possible through a generous grant provided by the Smithsonian Women’s Committee.

Title
General George Washington
Artists
Copy after John Trumbull
Date
ca. 1845
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
sight 7 x 5 1/8 in. (17.8 x 13.0 cm) rectangle
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Henry Du Pré Bounetheau

Mediums
Mediums Description
watercolor on ivory
Classifications
Keywords
  • Occupation – military – general
  • Portrait male – Washington, George – waist length
Object Number
1946.3.19
Palette
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