Martha Washington


Exhibition curator: Ellen G. Miles, Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture, National Portrait Gallery

Exhibition sponsors: Smithsonian Institution Special Exhibition Fund

Webpage design : Deborah L. Sisum, Webmaster, National Portrait Gallery

Digital photography: Marianne Gurley, Photographer, National Portrait Gallery

Research Assistants: Sarah Keller and Sophie Cantrell, interns from the University of Chicago and Smith College

Publication: George and Martha Washington: Portraits from the Presidential Years by Ellen G. Miles with a preface by Edmund S. Morgan. As chronicled in this illustrated volume, George and Martha Washington sat for about two dozen portraits from 1789 to 1797, responding to a near-constant flow of requests. From miniatures executed on ivory for family and friends to a historical portrait that depicts Washington during the Revolution, the images-many illustrated in color-vary widely in treatment and setting. Paperback.

Martha Washington (Athenaeum portrait)/ Gilbert Stuart /Oil on canvas, 1796 / National Portrait Gallery; owned jointly with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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