"This is an Original Portrait of Genl Washington taken in 1797," wrote Martha Washington's granddaughter Eliza Parke Custis in an inExhibition scription framed with this profile drawing. "It was painted by Mr. Sharpless & is an exact likeness except the complexion Genl Washington was very fair with light brown almost auburn hair-he had not a black beard. He had artificial teeth but so well fixed, that they did not disfigure his mouth." Just as the president was leaving office, English-born artist James Sharples made one of the last life portraits for which Washington would sit. Washington's profile was taken with a mechanical instrument to ensure accuracy.