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Washington and Lafayette at Mount Vernon, 1784, (painting)

Catalog Data

Mignot, Louis Remy 1831-1870  Search this
Rossiter, Thomas P.  Search this
Washington, George  Search this
Lafayette, Marquis de  Search this
Oil on canvas
African American  Search this
Metropolitan Museum of Art 5th Avenue at 82nd Street New York New York 10028 Accession Number: 05.35
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1975.
American Art Journal, V.5, No.2, 1973.
Spassky, Natalie, "American Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Volume II: A Catalogue of Works by Artists Born between 1816 and 1845," New York, NY: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1985, pg. 88.
View of the front porch at Mount Vernon, where George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette stand opposite one another, enjoying a relaxed conversation. Lafayette leans against a column, a copy of the Pennsylvania Gazette in his hand. At a nearby table, Martha Washington is sewing, and her daughter-in-law Mrs. Stuart, the former Mrs. John Parke Custis, reads a note. Mrs. Stuart's daughter, Eleanor Parke Custis leans against Mrs. Washington, her toy hoop and hat lie on the ground beside her. Just outside the porch, Mrs. Stuart's son, George Washington Parke Custis, plays with a toy cannon, assisted by an African American woman. Two dogs stand nearby, and sheep graze in the distance.
Architecture exterior--Civic--Mount Vernon  Search this
Architecture exterior--Detail--Porch  Search this
Landscape--Virginia--Mount Vernon  Search this
Occupation--Political--President  Search this
Portrait male  Search this
Portrait male--Full length  Search this
Figure group  Search this
Ethnic  Search this
Recreation--Leisure--Conversation  Search this
Recreation--Leisure--Home Life  Search this
Control number:
IAP 36120549
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums