American School, Late 18th Century, After Charles Willson Peale (1741-1827)
Portrait Miniature of George Washington as Colonel of the First Virginia Regiment. Unsigned. Oil on tinned copper, showing the Colonel waist-length facing left, on a light brown background, 5 3/4 x 4 1/2 in., in a silvered molded wood frame.
Note: The present lot is a faithful copy of the famous 1772 portrait of George Washington by the patriarch of the Peale family of painters, Charles Willson Peale, showing the Colonel in his uniform c. 1760-62, the first known likeness of the future first President. The artist here has rounded Washington's face slightly, enlarged his eyes, and simplified the background from a landscape to a softened palette implying a depth of field. He has otherwise been very careful in reproducing the details, including a shirt buckle above the gorget and the inscription on the paper in the Colonel's front left pocket, reading "Order of March."
Tiny spots of paint loss at the upper right corner, near the top edge at the center, in the background near Washington's left elbow, and near the cuff of his left sleeve. Evidence of frame shadow along top and right edges.
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