American, 1778 - 1860

George Washington

Date: ca. 1840s, originally designed 1823

Rembrandt Peale was only a teenager when he had the opportunity to paint George Washington from life. His father and first teacher, Charles Willson Peale, had arranged the sitting with the first President, who was notoriously unenthusiastic about posing for artists. Charles Willson Peale knew the President well, on multiple levels. He had painted Washington before and served under him in the Continental Army during the American Revolution.

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Medium: Oil on canvas;

Inscriptions: Signed lower left: “Rembrandt Peale”

Dimensions: H: 35 1/4 x W: 28 1/4 in.

Accession: 1472

Collection: Julian Wood Glass Jr. Collection

Category: Paintings - Portraits

Tags: Oil , Canvas , President , Washington

Purchased July 5, 1961 from Newhouse Galleries. From the collections of the Burnham Family, Boston, Massachusetts; Herbert L. Pratt, New York, New York; and the Pratt Family, New York, New York. Recorded in "Life Portrait of George Washington" by John Hill Morgan and Mantle Fielding, Page 378, Number 10 (Herbert L. Pratt).