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George Washington

18th century full length portrait of a man in a black suit and leggings with a powdered wig
George Washington 1732–1799

(“Lansdowne” Portrait)
First president, 1789–1797
Gilbert Stuart (1755-1828)
Oil on canvas, 1796

Acquired as a gift to the nation through the generosity of the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation