6 x 8"
oil on panel
In Washington DC, you can see many paintings by the famous portrait painter Gilbert Stuart. Stuart's most recognized is of George Washington which you'll find in the National Portrait Gallery among the Presidents - the one featured above, Catherine Brass Yates (Mrs. Richard Yates) shares a room in the National Gallery of Art with other notable Americans.
In 1793, Stuart had just returned to America from a long stretch in England where he enjoyed popularity and recognition as being one of the lead portrait artists. And a different America it was. Catherine Yates is thought of as one of Gilbert's most famous paintings both for the artistic masterpiece that it is and, what is known as a symbol of this young country's rectitude - meaning moral righteousness. Personally, I always get a kick out of looking at this portrait every time I'm visiting the National Gallery.
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