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Martha Washington (Martha Dandridge Custis)

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At the time Gilbert Stuart painted the portraits of Martha and GeorgeWashington [1980.1], he was the foremost portraitist in the United States. He was, in effect, the unofficial painter to the new nation. He portrayed many leading political figures and wealthy citizens, and his sitters also...

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1796, retained by the artist until his death in 1828; 1831, both George and Martha Washington's portraits were sold by the artist's heirs to the Washington Monument Association, Boston, and twenty-two subscribers for $1500, and given by them to the Boston Athenaeum; 1876, deposited by the Boston Athenaeum at the MFA; 1980, sold by the Athenaeum to the MFA and the National Portrait Gallery. (Accession Date: March 19, 1980)

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William Francis Warden Fund, John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund, Commonwealth Cultural Preservation Trust. Jointly owned by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the National Portrait Gallery, Washington D.C.



121.92 x 94.3 cm (48 x 37 1/8 in.)

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Oil on canvas