Martha Washington

  • John Wollaston, John Cheney, Martha Washington, ca. 1859, watercolor, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer, 1999.27.6

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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.

Title
Martha Washington
Artists
Date
ca. 1859
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
image (oval): 1 1/16 x 13/16 in. (2.7 x 2.1 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait female – Washington, Martha – bust
Object Number
1999.27.6
Palette
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