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General George Washington

ca. 1845 Henry Brintnell Bounetheau Born: Charleston, South Carolina 1797 Died: Charleston, South Carolina 1877 Copy after John Trumbull Born: Lebanon, Connecticut 1756 Died: New York, New York 1843 watercolor on ivory sight 7 x 5 1/8 in. (17.8 x 13.0 cm) rectangle Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Henry Du Pré Bounetheau 1946.3.19 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 16B, Drawer 22


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This three-quarter-length view of Washington is adapted from the full-scale painting by John Trumbull, commissioned by the city of Charleston, South Carolina, in 1791 to commemorate Washington’s visit. In the words of the council, the painting was commissioned to "hand down to posterity the remembrance of the man to whom they are so much indebted for the blessings of peace, liberty and independence.” Henry Brintnell Bounetheau and other miniaturists made and sold many small copies of the popular image. Here he omitted the horse and Washington’s aide-de-camp, preferring to concentrate on the general himself. Conservation of this miniature was made possible through a generous grant provided by the Smithsonian Women’s Committee.

Keywords

Dress - uniform - military uniform

Occupation - military - general

Portrait male - Washington, George

Portrait male - Washington, George - waist length

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor

ivory