Gilbert Stuart’s second and most important portrait of George Washington was executed three years after returning from England. Best known as the image on the one-dollar bill, it is considered the most famous painting of the first president. The portrait was painted when the president was 64 years old; and is known as the “Athenaeum portrait” because it was acquired by the Boston Athenaeum just after the artist’s death. (Today it is owned jointly by the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.)
This famous 'head' of Washington was left unfinished by Stuart (another different, full length portrait was commissioned in its stead) and kept by the artist during his lifetime, enabling him to make, later, numerous replicas.