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Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Photo courtesy of The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

George Washington [The Constable-Hamilton Portrait]

Artist: Gilbert Stuart (1755 - 1828)
Date: 1797
50 x 40 in. (127 x 101.6 cm)
Framed: 59 in. × 46 3/4 in. × 4 1/2 in.
Medium: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2005.27
verso, on stretcher: ...155 / Hamilton [old paper label]
verso, on stretcher: Clea...2/8/9[5?]...with... [fragmentary paper label]

On View
Accession Number: 2005.27
Provenancecommissioned by William Kerin Constable [1752-1803] as a gift for Alexander Hamilton [1757-1804], 1797; to Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton [1757-1854] (his wife), 1804; to James Alexander Hamilton [1788-1878] (their son), 1854; to Alexander Hamilton [1816-1889] (his son), 1878; to Angelica Livingston Hamilton [1820-1896] (his wife), 1889; by bequest to The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations, 1896; to (Sotheby's, Inc., New York, NY), November 30, 2005, lot 3; purchased by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR, 2005
Label TextDoes this image of George Washington look familiar? The face of Washington on the one-dollar bill was based on another, similar painting by Gilbert Stuart. This painting helped establish an image of the first president as a powerful leader.

The painting also reflects friendship among the nation’s leading citizens. The merchant William Kerin Constable asked Stuart to paint this portrait for his friend Alexander Hamilton, who served as Secretary of the Treasury under Washington.