John Wollaston, John Cheney, Martha Washington, ca. 1859, watercolor, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer, 1999.27.6
In 1757, the year her first husband died, Martha Dandridge Custis (1731-1802) sat for a portrait by John Wollaston. Martha was then only twenty-six years old, and within two years would marry her second husband, George Washington. Wollaston’s portrait of Martha was engraved in 1859 by John Cheney, of the firm Cheney & Kellogg. Cheney then painted this miniature, based on his own engraving.
- ca. 1859
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image (oval): 1 1/16 x 13/16 in. (2.7 x 2.1 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer
- Portrait female – Washington, Martha – bust
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