Martha Washington

Media - 1999.27.6 - SAAM-1999.27.6_1 - 13392
Copied John Cheney, John Wollaston, Martha Washington, ca. 1859, watercolor on ivory, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer, 1999.27.6
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Artwork Details

Title
Martha Washington
Artists
Copy after John Wollaston
Date
ca. 1859
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
image (oval): 1 1161316 in. (2.72.1 cm)
Credit Line
Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer
Mediums
Mediums Description
watercolor on ivory
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait female — Washington, Martha — bust
Object Number
1999.27.6

Artwork Description

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.