George Washington

  • Henry Brintnell Bounetheau, Gilbert Stuart, George Washington, ca. 1845, watercolor on ivory, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Henry Du Pré Bounetheau, 1946.3.15

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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.

George Washington
Copy after Gilbert Stuart
ca. 1845
On View
Not on view.
6 1/8 x 5 in. (15.6 x 12.7 cm) rectangle
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Henry Du Pré Bounetheau

Mediums Description
watercolor on ivory
  • Occupation – political – president
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