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George Washington (Munro-Lenox type)

Gilbert Stuart, 3 Dec 1755 - 9 Jul 1828
George Washington, 22 Feb 1732 - 14 Dec 1799
c. 1800
Oil on canvas
Stretcher: 242.6 × 161.3cm (95 1/2 × 63 1/2")
Frame: 261.6 x 180.3 x 15.2cm (103 x 71 x 6")
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Owner: Judy & Michael Steinhardt
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Stuart painted four identical full-length revisions of his Lansdowne portrait: this one for John Jay’s nephew Peter Jay Munro of New York, two for the State of Rhode Island, and one for Connecticut. Stuart’s new, dramatic, and elegant image of Washington may be truer to his actual physique at six feet tall and about 210 pounds than the Lansdowne. But the greatest change is in the face, which Stuart seems to have based on the Athenaeum likeness—Washington looks directly at the viewer rather than into the distance. The magnitude of this change compared with minor compositional rearrangements offers insight into the way Stuart thought about his work: the face is the portrait, the rest additional imagery.
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Catalog of American Portraits
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