4 of 22 portraits of George Washington
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after Gilbert Stuart
oil on canvas, 1797
28 in. x 19 1/2 in. (711 mm x 495 mm)
Sitterback to top
- George Washington (1732-1799), First President of the United States. Sitter in 22 portraits.
This portraitback to top
This painting was produced posthumously as a replica of an original work by Gilbert Stuart, an artist who painted George Washington many times. Washington is shown as a cultivated, well read, gentleman and statesman, embodying the new ideas of freedom and political independence circulating in America and France at that time.
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- Holmes, Richard; Crane, David; Woof, Robert; Hebron, Stephen, Romantics and Revolutionaries: Regency portraits from the National Portrait Gallery, 2002, p. 101
- Ingamells, John, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, 2004, p. 471
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 644
Events of 1797back to top
Current affairsThe Anti-Jacobin periodical makes its debut followed by The Anti-Jacobin Review the year after. Edited by William Gifford, it acted as a Tory mouthpiece against the 'New Morality' associated with republicanism.
Bank crisis results in the temporary suspension of payments by the Bank of England leading to a nationwide currency shortage.
Art and scienceRobert Southey, later Poet Laureate, publishes his collected Poems, exploring contemporary interest in mythology and non-European cultures.
Ann Radcliffe publishes her popular gothic novel The Italian. One of the most imaginative novelists of the period, she helped introduce readers to the romantic sense of the supernatural.
InternationalBattle of Cape St Vincent. Admiral John Jervis leads the fleet which defeat the Spanish.
Failure of a small French invasion in Pembrokeshire.
Naval mutinies at Spithead and Nore.
Attack on the Canary Islands in which Rear-Admiral Nelson loses an arm.
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