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First portrait--In this work by Charles Wilson Peale, Washington showed his military ambitions by posing in his French and Indian War militia uniform. The only likeness that predates the Revolution, it catches little of his character. Age 40. Washington at Trenton--Painted from life at age 60, this portrait by John Trumbull is less documentary than the other portraits reproduced, since the artist tried to show the man when he was seventeen years younger. Trumbull still insisted it was an accurate representation. Literal portrait--Commanded by the President's fellow-Masons to "paint him as he is," William Williams, a primitive artist, was alone among the portraitists in showing a scar on the left cheek, smallpox marks, a mole under an ear. Age 61. Rediscovered miniature--The Robertson portrait, lost for fifty years, goes on exhibition Tuesday at the Museum of the City of New York. Age 59. Last portrait--This tragic image, by Charles de St. Memin, reveals the decline of a once heroic physique. Age 66.

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First portrait--In this work by Charles Wilson Peale, Washington showed his military ambitions by posing in his French and Indian War militia uniform. The only likeness that predates the Revolution, it catches little of his character. Age 40. Washington at Trenton--Painted from life at age 60, this portrait by John Trumbull is less documentary than the other portraits reproduced, since the artist tried to show the man when he was seventeen years younger. Trumbull still insisted it was an accurate representation. Literal portrait--Commanded by the President's fellow-Masons to "paint him as he is," William Williams, a primitive artist, was alone among the portraitists in showing a scar on the left cheek, smallpox marks, a mole under an ear. Age 61. Rediscovered miniature--The Robertson portrait, lost for fifty years, goes on exhibition Tuesday at the Museum of the City of New York. Age 59. Last portrait--This tragic image, by Charles de St. Memin, reveals the decline of a once heroic physique. Age 66.
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George Washington

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Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1956-02-19
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The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection
Topics
Public figures
Washington, George, 1732-1799
Genres
Clippings
Portraits
Notes
Content: Published in The New York times magazine, February 19, 1956, page 29.
Type of Resource
Still image
Identifiers
Other local Identifier: Portrait File
Other local Identifier: Portrait file
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 9a41ee60-401e-0131-0f7d-58d385a7b928
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  • 1956: Issued
  • 2016: Digitized
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The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library. "First portrait--In this work by Charles Wilson Peale, Washington showed his military ambitions by posing in his French and Indian War militia uniform. The only likeness that predates the Revolution, it catches little of his character. Age 40. Washington at Trenton--Painted from life at age 60, this portrait by John Trumbull is less documentary than the other portraits reproduced, since the artist tried to show the man when he was seventeen years younger. Trumbull still insisted it was an accurate representation. Literal portrait--Commanded by the President's fellow-Masons to "paint him as he is," William Williams, a primitive artist, was alone among the portraitists in showing a scar on the left cheek, smallpox marks, a mole under an ear. Age 61. Rediscovered miniature--The Robertson portrait, lost for fifty years, goes on exhibition Tuesday at the Museum of the City of New York. Age 59. Last portrait--This tragic image, by Charles de St. Memin, reveals the decline of a once heroic physique. Age 66." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1956-02-19. http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/53d0d870-4021-0131-a51a-58d385a7b928

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The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library. "First portrait--In this work by Charles Wilson Peale, Washington showed his military ambitions by posing in his French and Indian War militia uniform. The only likeness that predates the Revolution, it catches little of his character. Age 40. Washington at Trenton--Painted from life at age 60, this portrait by John Trumbull is less documentary than the other portraits reproduced, since the artist tried to show the man when he was seventeen years younger. Trumbull still insisted it was an accurate representation. Literal portrait--Commanded by the President's fellow-Masons to "paint him as he is," William Williams, a primitive artist, was alone among the portraitists in showing a scar on the left cheek, smallpox marks, a mole under an ear. Age 61. Rediscovered miniature--The Robertson portrait, lost for fifty years, goes on exhibition Tuesday at the Museum of the City of New York. Age 59. Last portrait--This tragic image, by Charles de St. Memin, reveals the decline of a once heroic physique. Age 66." New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed September 18, 2019. http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/53d0d870-4021-0131-a51a-58d385a7b928

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The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library. (1956-02-19). First portrait--In this work by Charles Wilson Peale, Washington showed his military ambitions by posing in his French and Indian War militia uniform. The only likeness that predates the Revolution, it catches little of his character. Age 40. Washington at Trenton--Painted from life at age 60, this portrait by John Trumbull is less documentary than the other portraits reproduced, since the artist tried to show the man when he was seventeen years younger. Trumbull still insisted it was an accurate representation. Literal portrait--Commanded by the President's fellow-Masons to "paint him as he is," William Williams, a primitive artist, was alone among the portraitists in showing a scar on the left cheek, smallpox marks, a mole under an ear. Age 61. Rediscovered miniature--The Robertson portrait, lost for fifty years, goes on exhibition Tuesday at the Museum of the City of New York. Age 59. Last portrait--This tragic image, by Charles de St. Memin, reveals the decline of a once heroic physique. Age 66. Retrieved from http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/53d0d870-4021-0131-a51a-58d385a7b928

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First portrait--In this work by Charles Wilson Peale, Washington showed his military ambitions by posing in his French and Indian War militia uniform. The only likeness that predates the Revolution, it catches little of his character. Age 40.  Washington at Trenton--Painted from life at age 60, this portrait by John Trumbull is less documentary than the other portraits reproduced, since the artist tried to show the man when he was seventeen years younger. Trumbull still insisted it was an accurate representation. Literal portrait--Commanded by the President's fellow-Masons to "paint him as he is," William Williams, a primitive artist, was alone among the portraitists in showing a scar on the left cheek, smallpox marks, a mole under an ear. Age 61.  Rediscovered miniature--The Robertson portrait, lost for fifty years, goes on exhibition Tuesday at the Museum of the City of New York. Age 59. Last portrait--This tragic image, by Charles de St. Memin, reveals the decline of a once heroic physique. Age 66.