Gilbert Stuart

Media - 1999.27.16 - SAAM-1999.27.16_1 - 13412
Copied Sarah Goodridge, Gilbert Stuart, 1825-1827, watercolor on ivory, sight 1 781 58 in. (4.84.1 cm) oval, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer, 1999.27.16
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Artwork Details

Gilbert Stuart
Not on view
sight 1 781 58 in. (4.84.1 cm) oval
case verso center engraved: Charles Gilbert (underlined three times) Stuart/Painted from life/in 1827. by/Miss Sarah Gooderich. [sic]
Credit Line
Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer
Mediums Description
watercolor on ivory
  • Portrait
  • Portrait male — Stuart, Gilbert — bust
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Artwork Description

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.