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George Washington Lansdowne Portrait by Gilbert Stuart | BRIdge From The Past

What does Gilbert Stuart’s “Lansdowne” portrait of George Washington tell us about the first president? In this episode of BRIdge from the Past, Mary examines the 1796 painting of George Washington during his final year in office. The iconic portrait of the first commander-in-chief would have a complex ownership history over the next 200 years, culminating in the National Portrait Gallery receiving it as a gift in 2001. What parts of this painting’s history are significant to America? What decisions on how to portray Washington made by Stuart give us a greater understanding of the first president as a person?

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