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George Washington (1732-1799)

George Washington (1732-1799)
Title
George Washington (1732-1799)
Date 
1800
Medium 
Watercolor on ivory
Dimensions 
Overall: 5 x 4 in. ( 12.7 x 10.2 cm )
Credit Line 
Bequest of Mary Rhinelander King
Object Number 
1909.25
Marks 
Label: pasted on back of frame: "General Washington/Painted by W.Grimaldi, Enamel [torn]/Miniature painter to their Royal High[nesses]/the Duke & Duc[hess] of York-Albemarle street St James. London"
Gallery Label 
Grimaldi never painted Washington from life but is known to have copied portraits of him by John Trumbull and Gilbert Stuart. The present miniature is a half-length copy of the full-length portrait that Gilbert Stuart painted for the Marquis of Landsdowne in 1796. Grimaldi probably made his miniature from an engraving made by James Heath for the Hon. Rufus King, United States minister to the Court of St. James's in 1800, and great-grandfather of the donor.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group