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Artist:
Charles Willson Peale, 15 Apr 1741 - 22 Feb 1827  Search this
Sitter:
George Washington, 22 Feb 1732 - 14 Dec 1799  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas attached to wood panel
Dimensions:
Frame: 39.4 x 35.9 x 7.6cm (15 1/2 x 14 1/8 x 3")
Panel: 20 × 15.9cm (7 7/8 × 6 1/4")
Type:
Painting
Date:
1795
Exhibition Label:
Born Westmoreland County, Virginia
In October or early November of 1795, President George Washington granted Charles Willson Peale a seventh—and last—portrait sitting. Peale, who had been commissioned by Henry William De Saussure to paint the president’s likeness, decided to offer the opportunity to his extremely talented but inexperienced son, Rembrandt. In order to make the atmosphere of the sitting less formal, Peale invited his brother James and his oldest son, Raphaelle, to participate in the session. The older men engaged Washington in conversation and painted their own portraits of him so that Rembrandt could feel more at ease.This is one of several “cabinet-size” replicas of Charles Willson Peale’s image from this famous group sitting.
Nacido en el condado de Westmoreland, Virginia
En octubre o principios de noviembre de 1795, el presidente George Washington accedió a posar para Charles Willson Peale por séptima y última vez. Peale, a quien Henry William De Saussure había encargado un retrato del presidente, decidió darle la oportunidad a su hijo Rembrandt, que tenia mucho talent pero poca experiencia. A fin de hacer menos rígida la atmósfera del estudio, Peale invitó a su hermano James y a su hijo mayor, Raphaelle, a que participaran en la sesión. Los mayores se encargaron de darle conversación al presidente y pintaron retratos ellos también para que Rembrandt se sintiera más relajado. Esta es una de varias réplicas “tamaño gabinete” de la imagen creada por Charles Willson Peale en esa famosa sesión de grupo.
Topic:
George Washington: Male  Search this
George Washington: Military\Army\Officer\Revolution  Search this
George Washington: Politics and Government\Statesman\Colonial Statesman  Search this
George Washington: Natural Resources\Agriculturist\Farmer  Search this
George Washington: Military\Army\Officer\General  Search this
George Washington: Politics and Government\President of US  Search this
George Washington: Science and Technology\Engineer\Surveyor  Search this
George Washington: Congressional Gold Medal  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Dr. Jonathan Stein
Object number:
L/NPG.7.2012
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_L_NPG.7.2012