19th-Century George Washington Middleton Chromolithographic Portrait in Original Frame

Presented is an original 19th century portrait of George Washington in its original frame. This piece features Washington's likeness in a beautiful chormolithograph portrait. Washington appears in a three-quarter pose with elegant dress. His likeness is rendered accurately and colors are vibrant.

This portrait was produced as a chormolithograph by an unknown artist. While the piece was not signed, we are aware of the inspiration behind the portrait. This piece was based off of Gilbert Stuart's original Athenaeum portrait. The Athenaeum portrait, given its name for the location where it was held after Stuart's death, is one of the most famous depictions of the nation's first president that exists today. It was produced as a result of one out of only three sittings that George Washington participated in for Stuart. Stuart began the painting at the request of Washington's wife, Martha, who desired portraits of herself and George to hang at their Mount Vernon estate.

It is recorded that Gilbert Stuart was so impressed with his work on the Athenaeum portrait that he desired to keep it for himself to produce multiple additional Washington portraits. Stuart kept this portrait unfinished and used its likeness to create multiple additional paintings to sell on his own. He never completed the portrait, much to the displeasure of Martha Washington, before his death.

The artist of this lithograph took the liberty of filling in the details in this Athenaeum-inspired portrait. Thus, this portrait is a complete depiction of Washington in formal dress, with accurate facial features, and a completed background coloring.

CONDITION:

Overall very good condition on chromolithograph print. Good coloring and no surface wear. Presented in its original 19th century carved and gilt frame.

Framed dimensions: 23” H x 20” W x 2.5” D.




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