Gilbert Stuart

  • Sarah Goodridge, Gilbert Stuart, 1825-1827, watercolor on ivory, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer, 1999.27.16

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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.

Gilbert Stuart
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sight 1 7/8 x 1 5/8 in. (4.8 x 4.1 cm) oval
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer

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watercolor on ivory
  • Portrait male – Stuart, Gilbert – bust
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