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After Gilbert Stuart (1755-1828) George Washington painting

After Gilbert Stuart (1755-1828) George Washington painting

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Directory: Fine Art: Paintings: Oil: N. America: American: Pre 1900: Item # 1450816
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After the famous very large painting "George Washington at Dorchester Heights" by important early American artist GILBERT STUART (1755-1828) is this charming antique copy which likely dates to about the Centennial of the nation's independence. The work, oil on canvas, 36" by 26", unframed, is by an unknown hand who interpreted the famous painting with a folky, naive touch that adds charm. This is a circa 1875 piece of Americana. Note the talented handling of Washington's face and upper body, contrasted with a more primitive handling of the horse. The original enormous painting, which hangs in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, dates to the year 1806. Many copies of it were made in the 19th century by artists of varying skill, particularly around the patriotic time of the 1876 Centennial which saw a revival in all things American and patriotic. This unframed example has seen the effects of time; it is antique. Relined in fairly recent times, it shows dust, some tears that were never attended to despite the relining, and some inpainting in the background. The important areas though have not been inpainted. A lemon-gold frame will really bring this old piece to its best presentation.