- Extended Catalogue Entry
by Gilbert Stuart
oil on canvas, probably 19th century, based on a work of 1796
28 3/4 in. x 23 3/4 in. (730 mm x 603 mm)
Given by Edward S. Harkness, 1924
Sitterback to top
- George Washington (1732-1799), First President of the United States. Sitter in 22 portraits.
This portraitback to top
This painting was probably produced posthumously as one of many copies and versions made by Gilbert Stuart from his two sittings with George Washington in 1795 and 1796.
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- Audio Guide
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- Ingamells, John, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, 2004, p. 469
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 644
Events of 1796back to top
Current affairsBirth of Princess Charlotte, only child of George, Prince of Wales and Princess Caroline whose marriage soon quickly and publicly degenerates.
Art and scienceFanny Burney publishes Camilla, one of several influential novels exploring social misunderstanding and the fashionable mode of sensibility.
Architect William Chambers completes the building of Somerset House.
Collector William Beckford, the richest man in England, begins construction of his gothic fantasy Fonthill Abbey.
InternationalNapoleon Bonaparte assumes command of the French armies in Italy and defeats the Austrians at Millesimo and the Piedmontese at Mondovi.
Arthur Wellesley, later Duke of Wellington, arrives in India as a colonel.
John Adams is elected President of the United States, defeating Thomas Jefferson by three votes.
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