Member of the Washington Family

  • James Peale, Member of the Washington Family, ca. 1795, watercolor, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Catherine Walden Myer Fund, 1950.10.2

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Family lore holds that this brooch pin features the portrait of an illegitimate son of George Washington, fathered when Washington was eighteen years old. Washington lent financial support to neighbors and members of his extended family at Mount Vernon, making it difficult to determine how accurate that legend is. One theory is that this is the likeness of Corbin Washington (1765-1799), who married Hannah Lee, a daughter of Richard Henry Lee, in whose family this miniature descended.

Title
Member of the Washington Family
Artists
Date
ca. 1795
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
sight 2 x 1 5/8 in. (5.1 x 4.1 cm) oval
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase through the Catherine Walden Myer Fund

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait – unidentified – Washington
  • Portrait – unidentified – bust
  • Portrait – unidentified – child
Object Number
1950.10.2
Palette
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