"b. Narragansett, R.I., 1756. d. Boston, 1828. Received his first instruction in art from Cosmo Alexander, a Scotch artist, who came to America in 1770. Stuart accompanied him to Scotland and later studied with Benjamin West in London, where he painted portraits of Sir Joshua Reynolds, Benjamin West, Dr. Fothergill, and others. He returned to America in 1793, and lived in New York, Philadelphia, and Washington respectively until 1806, when he settled in Boston. His portraits of Washington are better known than his other works. He painted three portraits of Washington from life, and from these made twenty-six copies. his male portraits are the best and are remarkable for their freedom from all affectation and their excellent representation of the individual characters of his sitters. - Mrs. Clement, Painters, Sculptors, Etc." [P. 36.]
Catalogue of Works of Art in the Art Building of the Southern Exposition at Louisville, Ky. Prepared by Charles M. Kurtz. Published for the Art Committee by John P. Morton and Company, 1883.