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John Adams Whipple, 10 Sep 1822 - 10 Apr 1891  Search this
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Gilbert Stuart, 3 Dec 1755 - 9 Jul 1828  Search this
George Washington, 22 Feb 1732 - 14 Dec 1799  Search this
Quarter-plate daguerreotype
Image: 7.5 x 6.3 cm (2 15/16 x 2 1/2")
Plate [sight]: 10.8 x 9.5 cm (4 1/4 x 3 3/4")
Case Open: 12.1 x 21.9 cm (4 3/4 x 8 5/8")
Nov 15, 1847
Exhibition Label:
George Washington died nearly forty years before the introduction of the daguerreian process, so there are no original daguerreotypes of America's first president. Daguerreotypes were made, however, of Gilbert Stuart's famous unfinished painting of Washington, which was acquired in 1831 by the Boston Athenaeum and is now jointly owned by the National Portrait Gallery and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. This daguerreotype of the "Athenaeum" portrait is the work of pioneering daguerreotypist John A. Whipple. It predates by several years daguerreotypes of the same Washington portrait made by Whipple's rivals-fellow Boston-based daguerreians Albert Sands Southworth and Josiah Johnson Hawes.
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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
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Helen Hill Miller
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