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Identification and Creation

Object Number
John Trumbull, American (Lebanon, CT 1756 - 1843 New York, NY)
George Washington (1732 - 1799)
George Washington (1732-1799)
Work Type
c. 1793
Creation Place: North America, United States
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Physical Descriptions

Oil on canvas
76.8 x 61 cm (30 1/4 x 24 in.)
framed: 100 x 84.5 x 8.3 cm (39 3/8 x 33 1/4 x 3 1/4 in.)


Recorded Ownership History
Commissioned by Andrew Craigie, gift to Harvard University, 1794.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard University Portrait Collection, Gift of Andrew Craigie to Harvard College, 1794
Accession Year
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European and American Art

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Publication History

  • William Garrott Brown, A List of Portraits in the Various Buildings of Harvard University, Harvard University Library (Cambridge, MA, 1898), p. 43
  • Cuthbert Lee, Early American Portrait Painters: The Fourteen Principal Earliest Native-born Painters, Yale University Press (New Haven, CT, 1929), p. 150
  • Laura M. Huntsinger, Harvard Portraits: A Catalogue of Portrait Paintings at Harvard University, ed. Alan Burroughs, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1936), p. 143
  • Historical Records Survey, Division of Professional and Service Projects, Works Progress Administration, American Portraits, 1620-1825, found in Massachusetts, Volumes 1 and 2, Historical Records Survey (Boston, MA, 1939), p. 440, cat. 2325
  • Washington, Lafayette, Franklin: Portraits, Books, Manuscripts, Prints, Memorabilia, for the Most Part from the Collections of the University, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1944), p. 10, cat. 4
  • Sandra Grindlay, "Harvard's Portraits: An American Treasure", Harvard University Art Museums Review (Fall 1992), vol. II, no. 1, pp. 6-7, p. 6
  • Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr. and Melissa Renn, American Paintings at Harvard, Volume One: Paintings, Watercolors, and Pastels by Artists Born before 1826, Yale University Press (U.S.) and Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge and New Haven, 2014), pp. 23, 476-77, cat. 441, ill.
  • Ethan Lasser, ed., The Philosophy Chamber: Art and Science in Harvard’s Teaching Cabinet, 1766–1820, exh. cat., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2017), pp. 36-37, Fig. 27 in Ethan W. Lasser's "Harvard's Teaching Cabinet"; p. 198, Fig 8 in Whitney Barlow Robles's "Flatness"; p. 263 in Andrew Gelfand's "Chronology"

Exhibition History

  • Washington Memorial Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 03/01/1932 - 03/31/1932
  • Washington Lafayette Franklin, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 02/22/1944 - 05/28/1944

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