Gilbert Stuart (1755-1828) is featured on the 1-cent Famous American Artists stamp issued September 5, 1940. Following the early success of his painting "The Skater," Stuart established a studio in Philadelphia, where he created numerous portraits of the nation’s Founding Fathers. He is best known for his portraits of George Washington, including the iconic "Athenaeum Head" that appears on the dollar bill. Dolley Madison rescued his famous White House portrait of Washington when the British burned the White House during the War of 1812.
-Gordon T. Trotter, February 1, 2007
Scott Catalogue USA: 884
Museum ID: 1980.2493.2877