W01 Gilbert Stuart ca. 1810

Gilbert Stuart. Portrait of George Washington, ca.1810.

Known as the "Allentown" anthenaeum portrait of George Washington, which was painted by Stuart from life, oil on canvas, 29 x 24 in. The gilded frame on this famous Gilbert Stuart portrait was fashioned specifically for the painting it surrounds with ornaments of flags, stars, shields and an eagle.

Provenance: Samuel D. Frank, Reading and later Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; William Buchler, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Ca. 1828; W.J. Fisher, Washington, D.C.; Ralph King, Cleveland, Ohio, acquired from the above, 1902; descended in the family until 1980; Vose Galleries, Boston, acquired from the above; Sotheby's, Sale 6633, December 1, 1994; Richard Manoogian, Epic Fine Arts, acquired from above; January. 1996.

Literature: George C. Mason, The Life and Works of Gilbert Stuart, New York, 1879, p. 109; Mantle Fielding, Gilbert Stuart's Portraits of George Washington, Philadelphia, 1923, no. 97; Lawrence Park, Gilbert Stuart: An Illustrated Descriptive List of His Works, vol. II, New York, 1926, no. 94, p. 888; John Hill Morgan and Mantle Fielding, The Life Portraits of Washington and Their Replicas, Philadelphia. 1931, no. 97, p. 306; Gustavus A. Eisen, Portraits of Washington, New York, 1932, p. 187.