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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

George Washington (1732-1799), First President of the United States

Commander-in-chief of United States army 1775-83; first President of the United States 1789-97; commander-in-chief of the United States armies 1798.

‘imposing in size, noble and well proportioned, a countenance open, calm and sedate, but without any striking feature, and when you depart from him, the remembrance only of a fine man will remain’ (Joseph Mandrillon, 1784).

‘The height of his person is about five feet eleven; his chest is full; and his limbs, though rather slender, well shaped and muscular. His head is small ... His eyes are of a light grey colour; and in proportion to the length of his face, his nose is long’ (Isaac Weld, 1796).

This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Ingamells, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, National Portrait Gallery, 2004, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.