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Gilbert Stuart: Exhibition

examines the life and career of early America's most successful portraitist. The son of a Rhode Island snuff miller, Stuart (1755-1828) mastered portraiture in London and Dublin. Upon returning to America in 1793, he demonstrated a talent for conveying the likeness and personality of his subjects. He is known for his portraits of famous people of early America, including the first five Presidents of the U.S. (National Gallery of Art)

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Interesting Fact:

Stuart left Washington for Boston in 1805 at the invitation of Massachusetts senator Jonathan Mason, who promised to introduce him to friends, relatives, and associates there. He found patronage among a range of the city's residents, including Paul Revere and mayor Josiah Quincy.
'George Washington (The Athenaeum Portrait),' 1796, Gilbert Stuart (1755-1828), oil on canvas:  Jointly owned by the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, and the Museum of

George Washington (The Athenaeum Portrait)

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