Schoolhouse Portrait George Washington

  • Before

    George Washington - before
  • After

    George Washington - after

When I went to public school in the 1950s there was always a reproduction of Gilbert Stuart's unfinished "Atheneum Portrait" of George Washington in the classroom. These "before" and "after" photographs are of a painting which hung in a schoolhouse built in 1841. The painting was signed by an unidentified French artist who might have copied a Stuart original, and the painting apparently hung in the building from the time it was built. The painfully difficult filling and color matching were beautifully executed by Anthony Graves.

Courtesy Private Collection