Gilbert Stuart

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Gilbert Stuart

Gilbert Stuart

Significant contributions

Gilberts contributions were important because he helped in shaping the power of political figures. His portraits showed the definitive images of people who has power and control of the United States. It was Gilbert who successfully painted astounishing portraits of George Washington. His paintings helped mold the United states identity. Can you imagine what the dollar bill would like without that? image? link 1 /stuart.htm link 2

The Athenaeum

"When I painted him, he had just a set of false teeth inserted, which accounts for constrained expression so noticeable about the mouth and the lower part of face". -Gilbert Stuart

The RacerAPortrait of William Grant

Gilbert Stuart created the most lasting images of George Washington including the portrait that was used for the dollar bill. He had taken the likenesses of over one thousand American political and social figures. He was praised for the vitality and naturalness of his portraits, and his subjects found his company agreeable. He also introduced a new level of sophistication to American portraits achieving convincing likeness and successful representaions of character through his choice of pose and expression.

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Gilbert Stuart considered one of the greatest portraitist in the history of American war, was born on December 3, 1755 in Saunderstorm, Rhode Island. He started painting at an early age. He studied under Cosmo Alexander, a Scottish portrait painter. Under the guidance of Alexander, he painted the famous Dr. Hunter's Spaniels at the age of 12. He relocated to Europe working along renowned portraitist Benjamin West and exhibiting at the Royal Academy in 1777. He returned to the US in 1795, living in Philadelphia and later settling permanently in Boston, where he became the most celebrated portrait painter of his day. He died on July 9, 1828 in Boston, Massachussets.

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