Rhode Island, New England, b.1755

Gilbert Stuart

Gilbert Charles Stuart was an American painter from Rhode Island. Gilbert Stuart is widely considered one of America's foremost portraitists. His best known work is the unfinished portrait of George Washington that is sometimes referred to as The Athenaeum, begun in 1796 and never finished. Stuart retained the portrait and used it to paint 130 copies which he sold for $100 each. The image of George Washington featured in the painting has appeared on the United States one-dollar bill for over a century, and on various U.S. Postage stamps of the 19th century and early 20th century. Throughout his career, Gilbert Stuart produced portraits of over 1,000 people, including the first six Presidents of the United States. His work can be found today at art museums throughout the United States...

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Biography

Gilbert Charles Stuart was an American painter from Rhode Island. Gilbert Stuart is widely considered one of America's foremost portraitists. His best known work is the unfinished portrait of George Washington that is sometimes referred to as The Athenaeum, begun in 1796 and never finished. Stuart retained the portrait and used it to paint 130 copies which he sold for $100 each. The image of George Washington featured in the painting has appeared on the United States one-dollar bill for over a century, and on various U.S. Postage stamps of the 19th century and early 20th century. Throughout his career, Gilbert Stuart produced portraits of over 1,000 people, including the first six Presidents of the United States. His work can be found today at art museums throughout the United States and the United Kingdom, most notably the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Frick Collection in New York City, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the National Portrait Gallery, London, Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

Artworks

Portrait of George Washington's Cook, between circa 1795 and 1797

Related Categories

18th Century Art / Art of the 1790s / Dark and Turbid Colors / Face/Body (Human Figures) / Individual Portrait / Neoclassicism / Painting / Political Figures / Portrait of a Man / Portrait Painting / Romanticism / United States