THE WORLD OF SAMUEL MEEKER, MERCHANT OF PHILADELPHIA, AND GILBERT STUART, AMERICAN PORTRAIT ARTIST

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy Independence Day; did you know Gilbert Stuart painted the first FIVE PRESIDENTS !


A sampling, there are other different versions...

George Washington *President from 1789-1797*
Gilbert Stuart 1795, Frick Collection
John Adams *President from 1797-1801*
Gilbert Stuart c.1800-1815, National Gallery of Art DC
Thomas Jefferson *President from 1801-1809*
Gilbert Stuart c.1805-1821, National Portrait Gallery
James Madison *President from 1809-1817*
Gilbert Stuart 1804, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
James Monroe *President from 1817-1825*
Gilbert Stuart 1817, Pennsylvania Academy of Arts


2 comments:

The Clever Pup said...

I seem to remember these portraits in a Facts and Figures books my brother had as a kid.

Happy 4th of July to you.

willow said...

No, I didn't know this. But, now that you mention it, you can clearly see the similarities.

Hope you had an enjoyable 4th, as well!

 
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