George Washington

Massimiliano Ravennac. 1819 copy after 1792 original by Giuseppe Ceracchi

Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery

Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery
Washington, D.C., United States

This heroic sculpture depicts George Washington as a Roman emperor, a popular European tradition for representing political and military leaders. The portrait is based on a likeness modeled in Philadelphia in 1791 or 1792 by Italian sculptor Giuseppe Ceracchi, who came to the United States seeking the commission for a congressional monument to Washington (which was never made). A plaster cast of his life portrait of Washington was acquired in 1809 by Thomas Appleton, American consul in Livorno (Leghorn), Italy. A decade later, Italian sculptor Massimiliano Ravenna made several marble copies of the portrait for sale in the United States.


  • Title: George Washington
  • Creator: Massimiliano Ravenna
  • Date Created: c. 1819 copy after 1792 original by Giuseppe Ceracchi
  • Physical Dimensions: h69.5 cm
  • Type: Marble
  • Rights: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
  • External Link: https://npg.si.edu/portraits
  • Classification: Sculpture

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