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George Washington (Lansdowne)

  • Type: Painting

George Washington (Lansdowne) is a full-length portrait of US President George Washington by American artist, Gilbert Stuart. Washington is in the classical pose of an orator (with arm extended), holding a sword, symbolic of the president's military victories. Behind him, the columns and billowing drapery are typical of English Grand Manner portraits; in particular, a seventeenth-century French work by Hyacinthe Rigaud. The rainbow in the background symbolizes the era of peace following the American Revolution, during Washington's terms as president. - AsNotedIn




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Y/M/D Association Description Place Locale Food Event
1796/04/12 Harriet Chew Carroll Companion At Stuart's house, Gilbert Stuart begins painting GW, The Lansdowne portrait, for Senator William Bingham. Washington said his agreeable expression was due to the conversations he had with Harriet Chew during the sittings.
1796/04/12 George Washington Sitter At Stuart's house, Gilbert Stuart begins painting GW, The Lansdowne portrait, for Senator William Bingham. Washington said his agreeable expression was due to the conversations he had with Harriet Chew during the sittings.
1796/04/12 Gilbert Stuart Artist At Stuart's house, Gilbert Stuart begins painting GW, The Lansdowne portrait, for Senator William Bingham. Washington said his agreeable expression was due to the conversations he had with Harriet Chew during the sittings.
1814/08/23 Dolley Madison Heroine As British troops near, Dolley saves the 8 ft tall Stuart portrait of Washington. Bolted to the wall, she has the frame broken and the canvas rolled up. Two men from New York take it for safe-keeping. Dolley flees with the important papers. The White House Washington, DC Battle of Bladensburg

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Particulars for George Washington (Lansdowne):
Art Attribute American Art
Painting Attribute Grand Manner
Art Type Painting art of using colored substance to create a picture




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