Thursday, May 12, 2005

Gilbert Stuart Paints the First Five Presidents

Gilbert Stuart Paints the First Five Presidents. The National Gallery of Art offers an article on the history of these five portraits completed in the early 19th Century.

From the site:

The Gibbs-Coolidge paintings are the only surviving complete set of portraits depicting the first five presidents of the United States. Commissioned by Colonel George Gibbs of Rhode Island, the group was painted in Boston during the last phase of Stuart's career. In 1833, Colonel Gibbs' heirs sold the paintings to Joseph Coolidge of Boston, and the set descended through four generations of the Coolidge family. The suite retains its original Federal frames.

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