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Oil on canvas, 1793–94
44 1/4 x 35 7/8 in. (112.4 x 91.1 cm)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; gift of Lucille S. Pfeffer, 1977

For Horatio Gates (1728–1806) Stuart created an idealized military likeness that endowed the Hero of Saratoga with elegance and monumentality. In a tour de force of compositional arrangement, Stuart stacked the general's hands to manifest at once his gentility—the well-groomed fingers and partially open right palm—and his virility—the fist that clutches his sword. Gates reported that he enjoyed sitting for Stuart and bantering, "with glass after glass of the celebrated painter's plentiful Madeira."

GALLERY:  1. Stuart in Newport & Scotland  |  2. Stuart in London  |  3. Stuart in Dublin  |  4. Stuart in New York
  5. Stuart in Philadelphia  |  6. George Washington Gallery  |  7. Stuart in Washington, D.C.   |  8. Stuart in Boston

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