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Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Photography by Amon Carter Museum of American Art.

George Washington

Artist: Charles Willson Peale (1741 - 1827)
Date: ca. 1780-1782
50 x 40 in. (127 x 101.6 cm)
Framed: 57 3/4 × 48 1/4 × 3 1/4 in.
Medium: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2010.70
Inscriptions: verso: 83 / 12 / C
On View
Accession Number: 2010.70
ProvenanceFrancois-Jean de Chastellux [1734-1788], France, 1782; to Marie Josephine, Baroness de Plunkett [1759-1815] (his wife), 1788; to Alfred Louis Jean Philippe de Chastellux [1789-1856] (their son), 1815; to Laure Elisabeth Francoise Bruzelin [1796-1882] (his wife), 1856; Louis de Chastellux [1847-1918] (her nephew), 1882; Olivier de Chastellux [1878-1966] (his nephew), 1918; Louis de Chastellux [1912-2004] (his son), 1966; to Estate of Louis de Chastellux, 2004; to (Christie's, New York, NY), May 18, 2004, lot 18; purchased by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR, 2004
Label TextCharles Willson Peale portrayed George Washington as a relaxed, yet powerful military leader wearing the blue sash of commander-in-chief of the Continental Army. For many Americans, Washington symbolizes the early history of the United States. However, North America had a long history prior to colonization. Indigenous peoples were here centuries before President Washington took office.

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