George Washington

Gilbert Stuart

American, 1755–1828

George Washington


George Washington’s image first became popular in America around 1775, the year he was named commander in chief of the Continental army. Formal yet direct, this portrait is among many variants that Stuart based on his famous, unfinished study of President Washington done from life in 1796. Stuart’s portraits quickly became the iconic representation of Washington as statesman and founding father of the new republic, guaranteeing the artist a long and lucrative career.

Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 28 15/16 × 24 1/16 in. (73.5 × 61.1 cm) Frame: 35 7/8 × 30 5/8 × 3 1/4 in. (91.1 × 77.8 × 8.3 cm)
Object Number 1955.16
Acquisition Acquired by Sterling Clark, 1911
Status Off View

Image Caption

Gilbert Stuart, George Washington, 1796–1803, Oil on canvas. Acquired by Sterling Clark, 1911. The Clark Art Institute, 1955.16.


Conrads, Margaret C. American Paintings and Sculpture at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1990.


William Willing by 1845; to (Lewis Rogers, agent, New York, 1845); to R.L. Paterson, 1845; to Charles Paterson, by descent; to (Hermann Schaus?); to Mrs. Elizabeth S. Clark, c. 1905; to Stephen C. Clark, by descent, 1909; to Robert Sterling Clark by April 1911.