George Washington
First President of the United States

Accession number:
1919.01

Maker:
Arthur Dawson
(1857-1922), copy after Gilbert Stuart (1755-1828)

Historical period:
ca. 1919

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Dimensions:
H x W: 30 in. / 25 in.

Acquisition date:
1919

Credit line:
Gift of The Sons of the Revolution in the District of Columbia, in commemoration of the one hundred and thirtieth anniversary of the inauguration of George Washington as first President of the United States

Location:
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Provenance:

From April 30, 1919: The Army and Navy Club, gift of The Sons of the Revolution in the District of Columbia, in commemoration of the one hundred and thirtieth anniversary of the inauguration of George Washington as first President of the United States

Label:

The Sons of the Revolution, who donated this painting to the Club, is a non-profit fraternal organization founded in 1876 to educate the public about the American Revolution. Located at Williamsburg, Virginia, it describes its purpose to "perpetuate the memory of the men, who in the military, naval and civil service of the Colonies and of the Continental Congress by their acts or counsel, achieved the Independence of the Country, and to further the proper celebration of the anniversaries of the birthday of Washington, and of prominent events connected with the War of the Revolution…”

This painting is an impressive copy of the Washington portrait by Gilbert Stuart, the most renowned American portrait artist of the Revolutionary era. Stuart’s original portrait is perhaps the best-known likeness of Washington. Dawson lived and worked in Virginia and New York.