Born Kingston (formerly North Kingstown), Rhode Island

Sarah Goodridge, a New England miniaturist who took informal instruction from Gilbert Stuart in the early 1820s, painted this miniature at Stuart�s request around 1825. He was then the most famous artist in Boston, and Goodridge was taken with his formidable personality and craggy features. As Stuart�s daughter recorded, �[Goodridge] seemed to be quite overcome at the idea. . . . [The miniature] is the most life-like of anything ever painted of him.� Goodridge made at least three nearly identical miniatures, and the image was engraved.


  • Title: Gilbert Stuart
  • Creator: Sarah Goodridge
  • Date Created: c. 1825
  • Physical Dimensions: w7.1 x h8.3 cm (Ivory)
  • Type: Watercolor on ivory
  • Rights: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian InstitutionConserved with funds from the Smithsonian Women's Committee
  • External Link: https://npg.si.edu/portraits
  • Classification: Painting

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